Signs You Might be Deficient in Chromium

Chromium, a mineral that is critical to great health, is often overlooked by even the most health conscious people. Yet many people suffer from deficiencies in this essential mineral causing them to experience less than optimum health. Our current agricultural practices can deplete the soil of important minerals, including chromium. And our food processing techniques further complicate the problem.

The holiday season can put a strain on chromium stores. Thatís because the mineral is needed to metabolize sugars and starches. And letís face it, next to Santa Claus, family, and giving, desserts are on the forefront of our minds†during the holidays.

 

Chromiumís Role in the Body

It performs many vital functions in our body, including:

-Maintaining strong arteries
-Keeping the heart healthy
-Reducing a “sweet tooth”
-Lessening mood swings
-Regulating healthy weight
-Regulating blood sugar levels
-Aiding energy production

 

Chromium Deficiency Symptoms

There are several signs of a chromium deficiency. Because many of the symptoms can overlap with other health conditions it is imperative to see your physician if you are suffering from these or any other symptoms. The most common chromium deficiency symptoms include:

-Not being able to handle sugar or alcohol
-High cholesterol levels
-Sugar or starchy food cravings
-High triglyceride levels
-Hypoglycemia (chronically low blood sugar levels)
-Diabetes (while diabetes is linked to other factors too, a chromium deficiency is often implicated)

 

Food Sources of Chromium

-Beer (I know this sounds too good to be true but beer is a source of chromium, but itís also a source of alcohol and maltoseóa type of sugar that feeds some harmful yeasts like candida albicans and can aggravate yeast infections as a result)
-Brewerís yeast
-Leafy vegetables
-Legumes
-Potatoes
-Whole grains, whole grain cereals and breads

It is also found in sugar cane to assist our body with the high levels of sugar naturally present in this sweet food. Unfortunately, the sugar industry removes all of this mineral and many others to create what weíve come to know as white sugar. Even brown sugar is usually white sugar with added molasses and tends to have little to no chromium. Eating sugar and sugary foods is not a good way to obtain chromium; actually, sugary foods should be reduced in the diet to stop depleting chromium stores.

 

Daily Requirements

The recommended dietary intake of chromium is 20 – 120 micrograms; however, many experts including the late nutrition expert and author, Shari Lieberman, PhD, CNS, FACN recommended 200 to 290 micrograms daily in her classic book, The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book. It is believed that athletes are at a particular risk of chromium deficiency due to the energy requirements needed for athletics.

 

Chromium Supplements

There are several forms of chromium, including: chromium chloride, glucose tolerance factor (GTF) chromium, chromium polynicotinate, chromium dinicotinate, and chromium picolinate. Nutritionists donít agree on the best form of the supplement and that could be because individuals respond differently to the various types of the mineral. If you supplement with chromium itís best to see which type works best with your body. It usually takes a couple of months of daily supplementation to see results in reversing deficiency symptoms.

Toxicity has only been linked to inhalation of chromium through mining and industrial exposures, but it is best to follow package directions or work with a nutritionist, particularly if you have diabetes or heart disease.

 

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