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Chromium and Glucose Metabolism


Chromium participates in glucose metabolism (Picolinate) by enhancing the e ects of insulin. Insulin binds to insulin receptors on the surface of the cells, activating the receptors resulting in glucose absorption by those cells.

Why is chromium necessary?

Chromium enhances the actions of insulin and is necessary for maintaining normal metabolism and storage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Inadequate intake of chromium has been linked to the development of glucose intolerance, a condition seen in type 2 diabetes. Chromium can also help raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, and may play a role in preventing heart disease.

Because adequate dietary chromium helps to maintain insulin sensitivity, chromium deficiency can contribute to the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Even mild deficiencies of chromium can produce problems in blood sugar metabolism, and contribute to other symptoms such as anxiety or fatigue. Altered cholesterol metabolism, accelerated athe- rosclerosis, decreased growth in young people and delayed healing time after injuries or sur- gery can result from chromium de ciency.