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What are the Therapeutic Benefits of Chromium?

Chromium is a chemical element represented by the symbol "Cr" on the periodic table. In terms of its therapeutic potential, chromium is an essential trace mineral that plays a role in various processes within the body.

In short, it is involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, as well as in maintaining stable blood sugar levels. Chromium is also believed to have a potential role in improving insulin sensitivity and supporting overall glucose metabolism.

What is chromium found in?

While chromium can be obtained through diet, dietary supplements containing chromium are also available.

Food sources: Beef, brown rice, whole grains, broccoli, corn, green beans

What are the benefits of chromium?

Glucose metabolism

Chromium is a mineral which contributes to the maintenance of stable blood glucose levels as well as the synthesis of cholesterol, fats and proteins. This makes it a useful for those with diabetes or hypoglycaemia.

Weight management

Chromium supplementation has been studied to see if it can help with managing weight. Some research suggests that it might reduce cravings for food, make you feel less hungry, and support healthy weight loss or maintenance when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Improved lipid profile

Taking chromium supplements has been found to have positive effects on the fats in your body, like cholesterol and triglycerides. It can increase the levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL) and decrease the levels of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, which is good for your heart health.

Enhanced muscle health

Chromium might be helpful in improving the health of your muscles and building lean body mass. Studies have looked into whether it can make your muscles stronger, increase muscle mass, and improve performance during exercise.

Chromium in pregnancy

There is an increased demand for chromium during pregnancy and supplemental chromium can also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels during the pregnancy.

Signs and symptoms of chromium deficiency

Impaired glucose tolerance

Chromium deficiency has been associated with impaired glucose tolerance, which can manifest as elevated blood sugar levels and difficulties in maintaining stable blood sugar levels.

Increased insulin resistance

Insufficient chromium levels may contribute to insulin resistance, making it harder for cells to respond to insulin properly and regulate blood sugar levels effectively.

Poor skin health

Chromium deficiency has been linked to skin conditions like dermatitis, accompanied by dry, itchy or inflamed skin.

Fatigue and weakness

In some cases, chromium deficiency might contribute to feelings of fatigue, low energy levels, and generalised weakness.

A deficiency in chromium is relatively rare, as the body requires only small amounts of this trace mineral.


While it is generally safe, allergic reactions and interactions with medications are possible. High doses may impact kidney function and require monitoring for people with kidney disease.

Close monitoring of blood sugar levels is important for diabetics - Chromium supplementation may potentially interact with diabetic medications, such as insulin.

It is rare, but for some people, digestive issues can occur.

If you have any concerns, please consult with a GP, or nutritional therapist. Also, feel free to ask us any questions in store today.

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