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What functions does Chromium serve in our body?

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Chromium is an essential trace element that plays a role in various physiological processes within the human body. While the body requires only small amounts of chromium, its importance is notable in certain functions.


Here are some reasons why chromium is considered important to the body:
  1. Glucose Metabolism: Chromium is involved in the metabolism of glucose (sugar). It enhances the action of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Chromium helps insulin work more effectively in facilitating the uptake of glucose by cells, contributing to the maintenance of normal blood sugar levels.
  2. Insulin Sensitivity: Chromium has been studied for its potential role in improving insulin sensitivity. Increased insulin sensitivity means that cells respond more efficiently to insulin's signals, promoting better control of blood sugar levels.
  3. Type 2 Diabetes Support: Some research suggests that chromium supplementation may be beneficial for individuals with type 2 diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition. However, the evidence is not consistent, and more research is needed to establish definitive recommendations.
  4. Lipid Metabolism: Chromium may influence lipid metabolism by helping to regulate cholesterol levels. Some studies suggest that chromium supplementation may have a modest impact on reducing total cholesterol and increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good" cholesterol).
  5. Weight Management: There is interest in chromium's potential role in weight management and body composition. Some studies have explored whether chromium supplementation could contribute to modest reductions in body weight and fat mass. However, the evidence is not conclusive, and results vary.
Dietary sources of chromium include:
  • Whole grains
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Meat, particularly liver
  • Brewer's yeast
  • Some spices, such as black pepper
As with any nutrient or supplement, it's important to seek personalised advice based on individual health circumstances.
-- Written by Hala, founder of Dietapplements

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