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By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Chromium is an essential nutrient that is required for sugar and fat metabolism. Normal dietary intake of Cr for humans is suboptimal. Insufficient dietary intake of Cr leads to signs and symptoms that are similar to those observed for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Supplemental Cr given to people with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes leads to improved blood glucose, insulin, and lipid variables.


Function: Blood sugar control

Sources: Whole grains, meats, potatoes, liver, brewer's yeast

Optimal Intake: 200 micrograms

Deficiency Signs: Elevated blood-sugar levels

Toxicity: Chromium appears to be safe, with no major toxic side effects reported.

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