Chromium is an essential mineral. It is essential because the body needs it, but can not produce it. The typical diets of Americans are low in chromium. This is unfortunate because low chromium levels can increase your risk for many debilitating chronic diseases.
Chromium works with insulin to improve the transportation of glucose out of the blood and into the cell. This function improves health in many ways, including:
- Decreasing blood sugar – Chromium may help to reduce the amount of sugar circulating in your blood, decreasing your risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
- Decreasing LDL – Chromium may help to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol circulating in your blood.
- Increasing HDL – Chromium may help to raise the amount of good cholesterol circulating in your blood.
- Decreasing blood pressure – Chromium may help to reduce your blood pressure.
- Decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke – Chromium may help to reduce your risk of getting heart disease, having a heart attack, or having a stroke by raising your HDL and reducing your LDL and blood pressure.
- Decreasing body fat – Chromium may improve your body’s insulin sensitivity, helping to reduce body fat.
- Increasing lean body mass – Chromium may improve your body’s insulin sensitivity, helping to increase muscle mass.
Where To Find It
Chromium can be found in many common foods, including mushrooms, cheese, whole-grain breads and whole-grain cereals. You can also get chromium in tablet and capsule form.
To get the full benefit of chromium I would recommend you supplement with 200 micrograms chromium picolinate daily.