Chromium

 

What is it?

Chromium is an important mineral for our blood sugar control mechanisms.

What does it do?

  • Chromium helps the body to moderate blood glucose levels. It does this as a key component of Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), which helps the body to respond better to the action of insulin which drives glucose out of the blood stream and into cells.
  • In working to balance blood sugar Chromium can help to reduce sugar cravings and hunger.
  • As it helps the body to use glucose from carbohydrates it may be useful in weight loss.

Deficiency Symptoms

  • Excessive or cold sweats
  • Craving sweet foods
  • Cold hands
  • Drowsiness during the day
  • Dizziness or irritability with long gaps between meals

Interactions

Combines with vitamin B3 in the formation of GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor).

Recommended Daily Amount (RDA)

Children None Specified
Adults None Specified

Therapeutic amounts are generally considered to be between 35–50µg for children and 200–200µg for adults.

Food Sources

Cereals and grains, oysters, eggs, meat especially offal (e.g. liver and kidney), some plant foods including mushrooms, green peppers, apples and nuts.

Safety Considerations

No toxicity below 1mg. However, Chromium is a heavy metal and can accumulate in the body, so it is important not to take excessive amounts (more than 1mg a day max for an adult, much less for a child).

 

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