Chromium is an important mineral that helps our bodies to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. It also helps us to convert the food we eat into energy, to give our bodies fuel. Chromium produces a compound in the body that has been suggested to enhance the effects of insulin, making chromium supplements popular in those who suffer with diabetes. Shop our range of chromium supplements here.
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All you need to know about Chromium
What are the benefits of chromium?
It has been suggested that chromium supplements can be useful to those suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as they can increase sensitivity to insulin and lower blood sugar levels. If a person has a poor diet, they may suffer from chromium deficiency anyway, and a supplement may be required. Chromium has also been used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Parkinson's Disease, high cholesterol and heart disease, as well as muscle wastage. Some people have experienced results by taking chromium for such conditions, while others have not. You should consult your GP before taking chromium supplements.
How much chromium should I be taking?
There isn't an exact recommended daily amount for chromium, which is why you should consult with your GP before taking chromium supplements. Research has suggested that 1,000 micrograms per day should be the absolute maximum a person should take. Other research has suggested taking chromium in very small amounts, 2 or 3 times per day, but this will depend on what your doctor recommends.
Which foods are naturally high in chromium?
You should try to get chromium naturally from your diet. Foods high in chromium include green beans, broccoli and potatoes, beef and chicken, apples and bananas, grapes, milk, yogurt and cheese.
What are the side effects of chromium?
Few experience side effects when taking chromium, but those who do have reported an irregular heartbeat, problems sleeping, changes in mood, headaches and liver damage. If you already have a liver condition such as liver disease, or kidney disease, you should not take chromium without first consulting a doctor.