In order to metabolize protein, carbohydrates, and fat properly, your body needs the benefits of chromium. This essential trace element has been in the science and medical journals lately for its positive ability to manage blood sugar (glucose) levels.In order to metabolize protein, carbohydrates, and fat properly, your body needs the benefits of chromium. #FactsClick To Tweet
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 108 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in 1980 around the world.
By 2014, that number had skyrocketed to 422 million diabetics. This epidemic claims 1.5 million lives each year that are directly attributable to the disease.
Diabetes can lead to…
- Kidney failure
- Lower limb amputation
- Heart attack or stroke
- Metabolic syndrome
- Wounds that do not heal
Fewer than 10% of diabetes cases are type 1 – which is unpreventable and irreversible. More than 90% of diabetics have type 2 – which is preventable and reversible with diet and lifestyle changes. Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy and increases mother and child’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
Initial symptoms of type 2 may be mild. As a result, you might have diabetes for years and not know it. Meanwhile, the disease is damaging healthy tissue.
5 Symptoms of Diabetes (all forms)
- Excessive urination
- Constant thirst or hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Changes in vision
Using The Benefits of Chromium to Control Glucose
In the United States, experts estimate that as much as 50% of the population is mildly chromium deficient. Higher than other developed nations. Extreme chromium deficiency is rare but it’s common to have a moderate deficiency in this essential mineral.
It’s our diet. Again.
Chromium is found in whole foods and the harsh reality is that most Americans don’t eat enough of them (for most of the really good stuff you need). It’s a shame because so many of our health issues could be controlled or reversed with a better diet.
The people most at risk of getting too little chromium are expectant mothers, the elderly, those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, and people who consume too much sugar in their diet.
We’re stubborn…and our health is headed steadily in the wrong direction.
When it comes to managing diabetes, you may be able to give your body a missing piece of the puzzle with this unassuming mineral. To date, studies have shown great promise in using the benefits of chromium to address some of the worst aspects of the disease.
- Maintain healthy blood sugar (glucose) levels
- Prevent high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Manage cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Break down fats, proteins, and carbs more efficiently
- Reduce food cravings
- Help control or reduce body weight
- May be effective at preserving memory
- Provide protection at the cellular level – fewer infections and tissue damage
While chromium is not a cure for diabetes, it can help type 2 diabetics to more effectively manage the disease and may even assist them in lowering their prescribed insulin requirement over time.
In one study, chromium picolinate supplementation improved HbA1c levels as well as fasting-blood sugar readings in participating diabetics.Trace amounts of chromium are available in animal and plant foods. #GetYourDietRight #ChromiumUse #FactsClick To Tweet
10 Whole Food Sources for the Benefits of Chromium
- Broccoli and asparagus
- Barley, oats, and bran
- Brewer’s yeast and wheat germ
- Corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, and green beans
- Organic (free-range) eggs
- Lean grass-fed beef, turkey, and pork
- Black pepper and thyme
Don’t take excessive amounts of the mineral in the form of supplements (this is a common mineral marketed to body builders and they tend to get too much).In the U.S., experts estimate that as much as 50% of the population is mildly chromium deficient. Click To Tweet
Also, if you have pre-existing conditions, it’s not wise to add supplementation of any vitamin or mineral without consulting your physician.
Too much of a synthetic form can counteract the natural benefits of chromium.
However, getting it through chromium-rich foods is safe, effective, and absorbed well by your body. Besides, eating a frittata with cage-free eggs, cheese, tomatoes, broccoli, and black pepper is a much more delicious “supplement” than a pill!