Chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in how insulin helps the body regulate blood sugar levels
It is also required for the fatty acid, protein and cholesterol synthesis that plays a role in brain function
It also aids in maintaining the blood sugar levels.
Good chromium food sources include broccoli, grape juice, onion, Romaine lettuce, ripe tomatoes, whole grain breads and cereals, lean meats, cheeses, molasses and some spices, such as black pepper and thyme. Brewer's yeast is also rich in chromium.
For adult men 19 - 50 years: 35 mcg daily
For adult men 51 years and older: 30 mcg daily
For adult women 19 - 50 years: 25 mcg daily
For adult females 50 years and older: 20 mcg daily
For breastfeeding females 19 years and older: 30 mcg daily
Diabetes – Chromium deficiency may result in impaired glucose tolerance. This is usually seen in people with type 2 diabetes.
Hypoglycemia – This occurs due to abnormally diminished levels of glucose in body.
Depressed sperm formation – Chromium is responsible for supporting the functioning of male seual organs and stimulating healthy sperm formation. Deficiency of chromium may lead to poor sperm quality.
Atherosclerosis – Low levels of chromium increases blood lipid levels, thus accelerates the process of this condition.
Anxiety, fatigue, decreased growth in young people and slower healing time after injuries or surgery.
Prone to deficiency
Pregnant and lactating women
Gastrointestinal ulcers, Liver and Kidney damage, and Skin irritation