Chromium is a trace mineral that is vital for the breakdown of carbohydrate, fat and protein, as well as maintaining balanced blood sugar levels.
One role of chromium is to increase the number of insulin receptors on the surface of cells. Having more receptors means more glucose can move into cells, preventing high blood glucose.
This helps insulin to become more efficient, meaning the body needs less of it to get sugar into cells to produce energy.
Chromium deficiency can therefore increase insulin resistance, potentially influencing the progression of high blood glucose and diabetes.
Remember that insulin resistance always changes, the body can alter how sensitive your cells are to insulin depending on your body’s needs at that given time. Severe insulin resistance is the main characteristic of type 2 diabetes, meaning it may be more applicable to support type 2.
Chromium Rich Foods
Make sure you are eating at least 2 of these daily!
- Green beans
- Whole wheat bread
- Beef and poultry
- Grape juice
Chromium picolinate supplements are often ‘recommended’ for people who are prone to insulin resistance. E.g. Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and pre-diabetes. I always recommend opting for foods rich in specific nutrients first, rather than jumping straight to supplements.
Some research has shown that chromium picolinate supplements can increase the action of insulin, potentially leading to severe hypoglycaemic episodes. Therefore please do not take any chromium supplements if you are taking any form of diabetic medication, always speak to a medical professional first.
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