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- Chromium is classified as a trace mineral. It is required
for normal glucose metabolism; insulin cofactor.
DRI (RDA or AI for Adults)
- Under age 51: 35 mcg (Males); 25 mcg (Females).
- Ages 51 and older: 30 mcg (Males); 20 mcg (Females).
- Pregnancy: 30 mcg. Lactation: 45 mcg.
- Nutritional or brewers yeast, cheeses, liver, wheat
germ, molasses, nuts, whole grain breads and cereals, lean meats, cantaloupe,
dark-green lettuces, onions, mushrooms, artichokes, prunes, tomatoes, asparagus.
POSSIBLE THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS
- Coronary heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Low blood sugar
- Brewer’s yeast contains significant amounts of chromium.
Two popular forms of supplemental chromium are picolinate and polynicotinate.
Glucose tolerance factor (GTF) is a complex that assists insulin in blood sugar
metabolism, and this factor consists of chromium, niacin, and three amino acids.
Therefore, the polynicotinate form may be preferable.
- None significant, but high doses may cause headaches.