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Chromium: How Does It Help Your Health?

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 05:56 PM

One of chromium's key roles is to help control blood sugar in the body and assist in normal body functions, such as food digestion. The mineral consists of a tiny molecule called "low-molecular weight chromium binding substance," or LMWCr, also called chromodulin.

It is contained in various amounts in many natural foods, including meats, potatoes, cheeses, spices, brewer's yeast, whole-grain breads, and fresh fruits, and vegetables.

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Drinking tap water also introduces chromium into the body, and cooking in stainless steel cookware boosts chromium content in foods, according to WebMD.

The body requires chromium for normal growth and health, and supplements are necessary when a person either can't get enough in their regular diet or simply need more. In addition to helping the body regulate sugar, chromium also breaks down fats and proteins. A lack of chromium can cause nerve damage.

Proper amounts of chromium vary by age and sex, and range from 0.2 micrograms/day for infants 0 to 6 months, to 30 mcg a day for men over 50.

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According to WebMD, chromium in natural foods won't hurt you, but excessive supplements can cause stomach issues and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Too much chromium from supplements may also harm the liver, kidneys, and nerves, and lead to irregular heart rhythm.

The safety of chromium supplements requires more research, according to the National Institutes of Health, which implores consumers to check with a doctor before ingesting.

For good health, the general rule still applies: Eat a balanced and varied diet. The U.S. Government's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans says "nutrients should come primarily from foods. ... Dietary supplements ... may be advantageous in specific situations to increase intake of a specific vitamin or mineral."

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describes a healthy diet as one that emphasizes a mixture of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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One of chromium's key roles is to help control blood sugar in the body and assist in normal body functions, such as food digestion. The mineral consists of a tiny molecule called "low-molecular weight chromium binding substance," or LMWCr, also called chromodulin.
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