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Chromium Supplements

About Chromium Supplements

Chromium is an essential mineral required for human health. It was discovered in 1957 in Brewer's yeast, and is now widely prescribed for the management of Type II Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and for other conditions. One of its most potent effects of this mineral is for the management of insulin resistance. This condition occurs when insulin begins to lose its effects at a cellular level. In the short term, this leads to increased insulin being synthesized and released by the Beta cells of the pancreas in an attempt to manage this increasing blood glucose (sugar) levels. This creates a vicious cycle which can eventually lead to Type II Diabetes.


Chromium is one of the important nutrients that have the ability to increase insulin sensitivity, thus improving insulin's cellular effect in dropping blood glucose, which is also called glucose disposal. In addition, Chromium has also been demonstrated to assist with triglyceride management, as reported in a research paper published by Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics in 2006.


The Western Journal of Medicine reported in 1993 that chromium picolinate was effective—compared to placebo—at reducing blood lipids. Specifically, LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein-B decreased. Therefore, chromium supplementation may assist with the management of blood lipids and insulin resistance, and possibly even for sugar cravings as well.