Chromium is a mineral that your body needs, but only in trace amounts. You body uses chromium for normal bodily functions like digesting your food. According to WebMD, it also helps to move your blood sugar from the bloodstream into the cells to convert your fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy. This helps to keep your blood sugar levels normal by improving the way your body uses insulin. It’s very helpful in building your muscle, burning fats and helping your body use carbohydrates. Your body can easily absorb this mineral from foods like meats, potatoes, cheese, molasses, whole-grain breads, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables.
A chromium deficiency is rare because your body only needs a small amount of it. Those at risk though for a chromium deficiency are usually people with diabetes and the elderly. Chromium supplements are often used to improve blood sugar control in people with pre-diabetes and those with type 1 and 2 diabetes. It can also be used to help with depression, lower “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol. An added benefit of chromium is that it helps slow the loss of calcium, so it can help prevent bone loss in women during menopause.
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