Chromium
Chromium

Sources Of Chromium

Seafood - oysters
Meats - calves' liver, egg yolk
Nuts/seeds - peanuts
Fruit - grape juice
Dairy - American cheese
Grains - wheat and wheat germ
Miscellaneous - brewer's yeast, black pepper, molasses

Roles In The Body

  • Glucose tolerance factor - chromium is involved in maintaining blood sugar levels and energy levels.
  • Cholesterol regulation
  • Other possible roles involved in the synthesis of DNA

Functions Of Chromium

Circulatory - serum cholesterol regulation
Digestive - sugar and carbohydrate utilization (via insulin)
Nervous - maintenance of nervous system by regulation of blood sugar
Eyes - corneal clarity
Muscular - supplies energy for muscular contraction
Skeletal - essential component of bones and hair
Protective - immune system (via insulin)
Metabolic - fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism regulation

Symptoms Associated With A Chromium Deficiency

atherosclerosis elevated serum cholesterol levels
depressed growth fatigue
diabetes hypoglycemia
causes an iron deficiency  

Symptoms Associated With A Chromium Excess

asthma kidney damages
allergies sinusitis
calcium deficiency ulcers
causes an iron vomiting
deficiency  
diarrhea  

Synergetic Nutrients

insulin, glucose, magnesium, vitamin B6, zinc, manganese oxalates, salicylates


Antagonistic Nutrients

Absorption - iron, manganese, zinc, vanadium, phytates
Metabolic - glucagon

Hair Analysis Notes

High Hair Chromium:
  • a high chromium level is often indicative of a loss of chromium through the hair, and is frequently caused by an iron toxicity or another mineral imbalance problem.

Low Hair Chromium:
  • supplementing chromium when chromium reading is low, is frequently helpful in correcting symptoms of fatigue, or sugar and carbohydrate intolerance.
  • excessive iron intake is a frequent cause of both high and low chromium levels.
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