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Home > Understanding Chromium

Dave Foreman

Understanding Chromium

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old man’s concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, can’t sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Chromium is an essential trace mineral found in grains and cereals. Unfortunately, because we live in a society where these grains and cereals are processed and refined, most Americans eat a diet low in Chromium. Though you can't hang your hat on one ingredient or product to get well, I believe mineral depletions (such as a lack of Chromium) is a major contributing factor to the rise in Type II diabetes cases. Of course poor diet and insufficient activity play a huge role in developing diabetes, but I believe mineral deficiencies are equally important. Let's take a closer look at this amazing mineral.

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol/Triglycerides
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insulin resistance(Metabolic Syndrome)
  • Athletic performance
  • Weight loss
  • Interestingly, many of these conditions are interrelated. For example, overweight folks tend to have issues with cholesterol and triglycerides. Insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type II diabetes, occurs when the body fails to respond properly to the insulin it produces. People who are insulin resistant may have the ability to overcome the resistance by producing more insulin. However, if the body cannot produce sufficient amounts of insulin, sugar levels in the bloodstream rise and Type II diabetes ultimately occurs. Chromium has the best track record for modulating insulin resistance. With regards to weight-loss, Chromium can help you with losing fat, while sparing loss of muscle tissue. This is important because most weight-loss programs will contribute to muscle loss, which in turn lowers metabolic rates. Ever notice that your metabolism seems slower after a significant loss of weight? This is probably due to losing muscle mass. Long-term weight-loss depends on maintaining active metabolic rates.

    With so many companies marketing Chromium these days, it is hard to know which one to buy. I recommend finding Chromium in its original cultured form, such as in food form, like Brewer's Yeast. Many companies now sell whole food vitamins and minerals and this would be a great example of one. This form is considered food to the body and can be better absorbed, retained and utilized by the cells. There are other more popular forms of chromium available at your local Vitamin Shoppe. Chromium Picolinate and Chromium Polynicotinate have been well studied for their effectiveness as another form of chromium supplementation. These may be easier to find and just as effective for most. So how do you know if you need more Chromium? Most people eat less than the U.S. National Academy of Science's recommended range of 50–200 mcg per day. With the increasing numbers of overweight adults, diabetics and people with high cholesterol, Chromium supplementation is a good addition to your daily regimen. A daily intake of 200 mcg is a good place to start, but some people may require doses as high as 600-1000 mcg per day. Please consult with your healthcare provider before taking doses higher than 200 mcg per day.

    Finally, there's a precaution for using this supplement. Chromium may enhance the effects of drugs for diabetes (e.g., insulin, blood sugar-lowering pharmaceuticals), possibly leading to hypoglycemia. Therefore, people with diabetes who take these medications should only supplement with Chromium if under the supervision of a doctor.

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