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Chromium

There are about 14 milligrams of chromium in the human body. Despite the indispensability of this mineral to the body, American diet does not contain sufficient chromium for proper body function.

This trace mineral is vital for the activity of insulin and therefore in balancing the blood glucose level. When this mineral is consistently taken as a nutrient supplement, it has major curing impact on variety of health problems that are caused by insulin behavior or due to it, such as weight gain, Crohn's disease and intestinal inflammation, ulcers, gastritis, multiple sclerosis, Meniere's disease, migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome - PMS, epilepsy and different psychiatric disorders.

Our body needs a sufficient amount of chromium to create many of the large molecules that helps us live. This important component may also help increase muscle mass while reducing body fat mass. This helps cells, such as muscle cells absorb the energy they need to function properly.

Chromium food sources - Although many foods contain chromium, it is found mostly in tiny quantities. Chromium can be found in broccoli, grapefruit juice, potato, basil, garlic, turkey and more.

Chromium and diabetes

Back in the 50s of the 20th century it was found that chromium has a major role in the breakdown of insulin (a hormone responsible for glucose uptake in the body). Uncontrolled sugar levels and insulin processing disorders account for most of our chronic diseases. Chromium can be a dietary supplement for diabetics.

Chromium and heart disease - Inside of the tissue of humans who died from heart disease there can be found chromium than inside of tissues of humans who died of accidental causes. In addition, chromium along with selenium, copper, potassium, magnesium, calcium reduces the risk of heart and blood vessels diseases, by having a positive effect on blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Recent studies have found that chromium helps raise HDL cholesterol (the good Cholesterol).

Chromium and strength training - Chromium is particularly popular among trainees who focus on developing muscle and can be found in various sports supplements. However, despite the popularity the evidence regarding its effect on muscle strength are very few.