Chromium: an Important Mineral for Health

Essential to overall health, the mineral Chromium supports our daily energy level, manages metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates and helps our body maintain a stable blood sugar level. Chromium is commonly found in multivitamin/mineral formulas. However, some people can be deficient in chromium or have a health condition that can be improved by taking a chromium supplement.

Research indicates that proper chromium supplementation can be of benefit for managing Type-2 diabetes, improving cholesterol levels, weight management, and enhancing athletic performance. Because there is a relationship between blood sugar management and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), scientists are looking at the role of chromium in this condition. Chromium enhances the action of insulin, which helps the body regulate blood sugar level. Some studies show that supplementing with chromium can improve blood sugar management in those with Type-2 diabetes. In another study, women with PCOS who took a daily chromium supplement saw improvement in insulin sensitivity (which affects blood sugar level).

There are many forms of chromium supplements. Some are more easily absorbed and utilized by the body than others. Speak to your holistic health practitioner about which form and dose of chromium is best for your specific health conditions.

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