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Chromium regulates blood sugars, and supplements have been successful in treating diabetes.


Refining removes the Chromium from flour, so our diets can be deficient in Chromium, especially when eating fruit and vegetables that have been intensively farmed. Chromium has been used to treat diabetes and hypoglycaemia. Type 2 diabetes is often 'insulin tolerance' which can be rectified with Chromium supplements

Deficiency Symptoms

Deficiencies can result in diabetes, nervous problems and heart disease. Alcohol intolerance may also result.

At a Glance...

Chromium is a component of glucose tolerance factor, which interacts with insulin to regulate blood sugar and is therefore involved in diabetes.

Functions Dosage Toxicity Further Information What you need to eat
Chromium regulates blood sugar levels. It is also involved in cholesterol metabolism and the formation of some proteins.
There is no RDA, but there is a suggested intake of 25 µg a day.
Chromium is poorly absorbed through the intestines, which makes toxicity unlikely. However, very high levels can damage the liver and kidneys.
Many people do not get enough Chromium and would benefit from greater intake through a better diet or supplement.
Chromium is high in wholemeal bread, brewer's yeast, liver, lean meats, poultry, whole grains, eggs and cheese.

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