Chromium is a mineral that humans require in trace amounts. It is known to enhance the action of insulin and is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Foods rich in chromium include cheese, liver, legumes, nuts and seeds, corn oil, seafood (clams, oysters), whole grain products, lean meat, potatoes, prunes, peanut butter and tea.
Generally speaking, high-fat diets contain less chromium than low-fat diets. Foods prepared in stainless steel cookware can increase the amount of chromium available since the action of acidic food can cause chromium to leach out from the cookware. Vitamin C increases the absorption of chromium.
Adequate intake (AI)
AI is the recommended average daily nutrient intake based on estimates of nutrient intake by groups of healthy people.
The Canadian diet should include between 50 and 100 mcg per day.
Deficiency is extremely rare. Symptoms are characterized by nervous centre disorders and increased blood glucose levels.
Food toxicity is not possible.
Chromium may help reduce blood glucose levels in persons with type-2 diabetes. It is not a cure however and medical supervision is recommended.
Several claims have been made about chromium: it is said to help burn fat, increase muscle mass and reduce cholesterol. Studies have yet to prove any of these properties.
It should be noted that risks have been associated with the use of chromium picolinate. It would appear that it reacts with vitamin C and other antioxidants in the cells to produce a reduced form of chromium, capable of causing mutations in DNA. This leads us to believe that the risks associated with this product far outweigh its potential benefits. This product should be avoided...
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