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Chromium deficiency lead to diabetes

Chromium is involved in glucose metabolism (enhances effect of insulin) and enzyme reactions.
Some studies show that it helps diabetics control their blood sugar better.
Kal Chromium Picolinate, 200 mcg (200 tablets)
Trivalent chromium produced the effects of insulin. The body secretes the hormone insulin in response to rising levels of blood sugar. Insulin binds to receptors on cell membranes thus stimulating the cells to take in more glucose (blood sugar).
This not only clears excess insulin from the blood, but also assists the cells in obtaining blood sugar. Compounds that assist insulin in clearing glucose from the blood are called glucose tolerance factors. Some glucose tolerance factors contain chromium. Trivalent chromium also enhances the ability of insulin to remove fats from the blood.
Chromium also it helps body builders to build muscle faster. Some researches have found it helps lower high cholesterol and boosts our production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA.
It is believed that sufficient amounts keep the blood sugar on a consistent level, preventing mood swings, depression and providing energy throughout the day.

Although severe deficiency is rare but marginal deficiency is common in USA.
It is estimated that 90 percent of adults consume less than the RDA. Deficiency can lead to diabetes mellitus (though this condition may result from a chromium poor diet that is deficient in other minerals, too) and arteriosclerosis.
The main cause of deficiency is bad food ration. High-sugar diets increase urinary excretion of chromium.
Chromium deficiency impacts in impaired glucose utilization and may be a contributing factor to the development of type 2 diabetes. Symptoms include elevated blood sugar, numbness, and tingling in the extremities and nerve problems.

For prevention of chromium deficiency a multivitamin/mineral complex containing chromium is recommended. Chromium is available in several forms. The picolinate and polynicotinate forms (the latter sold under the brand name Chrome-Mate) also act as antioxidants

Chromium food sources

There is no enough information according chromium content of foods. Furthermore, the amount of chromium in foods is quite variable. Good sources of chromium include whole grain products, beef, black pepper, broccoli, green beans, grape juice, beer, bran, breour’s yeast, cheese, chicken, clams, corn oil, liver, meat, mushrooms, poultry, shellfish, thyme, wheat germ, whole-grain.


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