Benefits of Chromium
- Helps regulate blood sugar levels
- Aids in weight loss
- Helps prevent sugar cravings
Chromium helps regulate blood sugar in two ways.
- As you eat carbohydrates your digestive system breaks them down into sugars, they are then absorbed into your blood stream and your pancreas secretes insulin to help regulate the sugar level in your blood. This is where the mineral Chromium steps in, it boosts the cellular uptake of sugar, which in turn reduces the sugar in your blood and lowers blood sugar levels. Keeping blood sugar levels even is a key factor in preventing diabetes, insulin resistance, weight gain and heart disease. In a research study some participants were given white bread as a meal along with 400 micrograms of chromium whilst others received only the white bread. The results showed that those who took the Chromium had a more than 20% lower blood sugar level than those who only had the bread. Taking a chromium supplement along with your food can help lower the overall glycemic index of your meal.
- Chromium also helps your body use glucose (sugar) more effectively. If chromium isn’t present in your body when carbohydrates are turned into sugar then blood sugar levels will remain high and sugar will not convert effectively into energy. This can cause your body to crave more ‘sugar’ to increase your energy levels.