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The average American diet is so chromium deficient researchers estimate that 2 out of 3 Americans are prehypoglycemic, hypoglycemic or diabetic. Many Americans eat diets that are heavy in both sugar and refined flour. Whole grains contain chromium and 98% of it is destroyed when the flour we consume in the product we eat is refined. Adult onset diabetes is on the rise in America and you shouldn’t be surprised now that you know we are eating foods that are deficient of chromium.
Researchers Walter Mertz and Kenneth Swartz identified chromium as the active component of the “glucose tolerance factor (GTF)” in 1957.
Chromium deficiency symptoms can cause glucose intolerance in diabetics, arteriosclerosis and appear as type II diabetes.
Chromium is essential for muscle growth, fatty acid metabolism, normal glucose metabolism and insulin metabolism. According to recent studies, chromium also helps raise the HDL cholesterol (good) in your body.
Chromium picolinate has been studied many times in both humans and pigs. These studies have shown that taking chromium picolinate helped the test subjects lose fat and gain muscle with men and elderly subjects seeing the most dramatic benefit from this supplement.
The results of these studies shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone since we’ve already stated two thirds of the population is chromium deficient. The result from the pig studies shouldn’t be a surprise either since we shared with you in an article titled Is Malnutrition Causing Your Obesity? that discussed how the minerals in our soil have been depleted and aren’t being replaced by fertilizers.
The bottom line on chromium is that it’s an important part of your health because your blood, arteries, glucose metabolism, insulin metabolism, lean muscle mass and weight loss are all affected by the level of chromium you have in your body.
Chromium has been used to treat elevated cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, hypoglycemia, diabetes, acne and in weight loss.
Chromium is often found in the following foods: shell fish, clams, brewers yeast, whole grains, meat and chicken.