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Sources of Chromium

Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:29 PM

Chromium helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, control diabetes, and maintain a healthy weight (as it regulates the fat, protein, and carb usage in the body). One can include chromium in the diet through natural sources or by taking chromium supplements.

Conditions where the need for including chromium in the diet increases are old age, obesity, excess sugar cravings, and high cholesterol levels.

Chromium in diet:

The best way to use chromium in your diet is through natural sources such as:
• Wheat germ, whole grains
• Brewer’s yeast
• Fruits such as apples, bananas, grapes
• Tomato, green beans, spinach, broccoli, corn,
• Nuts and plums
• Beef, fish, chicken, eggs, oysters
• Black pepper, garlic

Including chromium in the diet helps improve the efficiency of insulin activity, burn fat, and build muscles. Chromium intake is also known to suppress appetite and curb sugar cravings.

An adult requires about 60-200 micrograms of chromium daily. You may take chromium picolinate supplements on prescription if your diet is not providing you enough chromium. It is advisable to include chromium in diet, as foods that are rich in chromium are also good sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids and provide many health benefits.

For more information on chromium, consult the following:

Natural Sources of Chromium

Top 5 Health Benefits of Chromium

Top 5 Signs of Chromium Deficiency

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