The Mineral That Builds Lean Muscle and Reduces Fat

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Chromium is
an essential mineral because it helps to maintain stable blood sugar
levels through proper insulin utilization. It can be helpful both
for people with diabetes and also those with hypoglycemia.

Chromium is
also known as glucose tolerance factor, meaning that it improves
the activity of insulin and facilitates the uptake of glucose into
the cells. It is vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and
proteins.

Chromium facilitates
weight loss. Although it is not a miracle cure for obesity, chromium
does increase lean muscle mass and decrease body fat.

The average
American diet is chromium deficient. The main reasons for this are:
the particular form of chromium in many foods is not easily absorbed;
not enough foods with chromium are consumed; sugar leaches chromium
from the body; and most of the chromium in foods is lost during
processing.

Chromium levels
decline with age, which may be one of the reasons for the increased
incidence of adult onset diabetes. The average American gets less
than 50 micrograms of chromium per day. The general recommendation
on supplementing chromium is 200 mcg. per day. If diabetic, the
recommendation is double that, or 400 mcg. per day.

Food sources
of chromium include beer, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cheese,
meat and whole grains. Supplemental forms are chromium picolinate
and chromium polynicotinate. Either form is absorbed well.

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July
30, 2010

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