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Chromium - Essential part of our nutrition Print E-mail
Written by Mike Cohen   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
 Common names
    * Chromium; Chromium is considered to be an essential element for humans.
Those without it in their diets, such as hospital patients on artificial feeds, develop a diabetes-like condition, with high blood sugar (glucose) levels. The availability of chromium to the body may depend on the form in which it is present in food. For example, it is found in a form in association with other compounds in Brewer's Yeast and known as 'Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF)'. Elderly people may be an at-risk group from chromium deficiency.

Recommended Intake

    * Males 19-50 yrs: 35 ug/day
    * Males 51+ yrs: 30 ug/day
    * Females 19-50 yrs: 25 ug/day
    * Females 51+ yrs: 20 ug/day

What's Chromium for?

    * Maintains normal blood sugar levels by increasing the effectiveness of insulin as part of Glucose Tolerance Factor

Best Food Sources

    * Meat (especially liver), peas, beans, cheese, whole grains, brewer's yeast, red wine

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