In the modern world of over processed nutrient stripped foods it could be important to focus on trace minerals to maintain optimal health.
Chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in metabolic health and function. People are rarely deficient of chromium but most diets are very low in chromium intake. Strenuous exercise, high intake of refined foods, and old age can lead to chromium deficiency.
Chromium supplementation could improve the bodies response to insulin, blood sugar levels, and glycemic control especially in the case of those with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. According to a study completed by the United States FDA: “One small study suggests that chromium picolinate may reduce the risk of insulin resistance, and therefore possibly may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. FDA concludes, however, that the existence of such a relationship between chromium picolinate and either insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes is highly uncertain”
Chromium is often referenced as a nutrient to aid in weight loss but research has not always shown statically significant results. However when looking at overall body composition chromium has been shown to support a reduction in fat mass and body fat percentage without a loss of fat-free body mass. Due to its interaction with insulin it is theorized that chromium could reduce the amount of glucose converted fat and improve protein syntheses potentially leading to improved body composition.
Beyond metabolic health chromium has also been studied on cardiovascular health, cognitive function, and improved mood.
Chromium can be poorly absorbed in the body depending on its form. Most studies focus on more bioavailable forms such as chromium picolinate and chromium nicotinate glycinate.
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