Health benefits of chromium


Health benefits of chromium

Chromium is a trace mineral that’s required in small amounts; however, Western diets lacking this naturally occurring ingredient are contributing to life-threatening conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

It’s society’s reliance on modern food processing methods, as well as industrialised agricultural methods, that have resulted in a widespread chromium deficiency – an important trace mineral that enhances insulin performance – a hormone critical for metabolism as well as carbohydrate, protein and fat storage within the body.

However, our addiction to fast-paced living and the stress that fuels it can also be to blame for the body’s chromium depletion, say many health industry experts, who agree that in such acidic conditions this also sets up the body to become insulin resistant, where cells don’t respond to insulin. This leads to elevated blood levels of insulin and glucose, leading to disease.

Yet before topping up on chromium, it’s important to know that it’s found in two forms: one, which is biologically active and found in food (chromium 3+) and a toxic version, which comes from industrial pollution (chromium 6+).

Words: Shannon Dunn

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