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Chromium

Chromium

Chromium is known as a trace metal and it is also needed  in diminutive amount by the body for its normal functioning. Chromium is said to be directly involved in protein, carbohydrates and fat metabolism, but still research is going on to determine its role and amount needed for optimal health. Chromium, especially trivalent is biologically active and found in food.

Benefits of Taking Chromium

  • Chromium helps in monitoring and stabilizing blood sugar in Type II diabetes as it lowers glucose level and increases sensitivity towards insulin
  • Regular intake of Chromium helps in reducing the risk of heart disease
  • Chromium is said to be helpful in weight loss, as it reduces appetite, burns fats and builds muscles
  • It helps in preventing memory loss and also useful in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Chromium plays a role in maintaining the cholesterol level in the body by lowering the unwanted body fats, known as Triglycerides

Natural Sources of Chromium
Chromium is widely present in food items, but in a trace amount. Meat, some fruits and vegetables and whole- grain products contain chromium. Potatoes, whole-wheat bread, grapes, oranges, broccoli, beef cubes and red wines are some of the food items having chromium.

When you should take Chromium
Chromium should always be taken after consulting the doctor or the healthcare expert. As suggested, the body doesn’t require more than 1000 milligram of chromium in a day, which can be taken in 2-3 times a day by splitting the total quantity.

When should you avoid Chromium
It is advisable not to take a high quantity of Chromium as it causes serious damage to kidney and liver. Intake of Chromium should be avoided in case of using other supplements or when on medication. Excess of Chromium can lead to heart diseases, lower blood sugar and may affect stomach also.

Quantity to be taken
Infants need not more than 0.2 mg of Chromium, whereas, adult men and women require 23 to 55 mg of Chromium. Chromium requirement can be fulfilled by a healthy diet, deficiency of Chromium in humans is very rare and supplements can be prescribed in consultation with a doctor.
Expert Tips/Precautions

  • Avoid additional intake of Chromium in case of having any medical problems and already taking medications
  • The high content of Chromium in the body can cause damage to many organs
  • Never take Chromium supplements available in the market for burning body fat and increasing muscle without proper consultation from health care experts