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Old 08-06-2011, 15:05   #1
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I found this very interesting:

Chromium inhibits the synthesis of new fat from carbohydrates, thus freeing the mitochondria (cell energy manufacturing sites) to burn already stored fat.

This mineral is also essential for glucose tolerance and proper insulin function, therefore, helping stop low blood sugars in mid-day and thus those fattening cravings. Chromium has been found to help normalize glucose control in non-insulin diabetes and improve fat levels. It significantly reduces hemoglobin A1c (a blood measurement of how well your blood sugar has been controlled over the last 4-6 weeks). Add 100 mg of niacin to the chromium dosage if it doesn’t work by itself. Chromium has lowered cholesterol levels within 4 months (a 6.6-8.5% decrease was seen in patients that were deficient).

This was actually in an article about how to stop chocolate and sugar cravings: Stop Chocolate/Sugar Craving

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Thanks Diane I found this very interesting & as a newbie need all the help I can get

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Thanks, Diane! I haven't used it before, but I have new labs coming up this month & maybe I need to prepare a little more for my A1c! <shudders at the thought of going higher>

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I don't think it is regarded as "proven", but chromium has been recommended for quite a long time. My wife's doctor advised her to supplement with it 15 years ago when she had gestational diabetes.

What's interesting, however, is that most references you see encouraging chromium from diet tend to mention "whole grains" first among its dietary sources. Actually, grains are pretty far down the list and contain less than one-fourth the chromium of the front runners. The first five are:

Egg yolk
Brewer's yeast

I haven't had brewer's yeast since my mother used to give it to me in the late '50s. Perhaps I'll have to look into it again. Aside from that, if you're concerned about chromium, your best bets by far would be to increase consumption of eggs, beef, cheese and organ meats. Hmm - most of those are things the population has drastically REDUCED their consumption of over the last few decades on advice from the "experts".

Is this coinciding with the massive diabetes epidemic we are not in coincidence? You be the judge.

List of Foods by Chromium Content here

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Cool but can I buy this at a regular pharmacy or what?

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Originally Posted by smorgan View Post
Surprising it doesn't mention Onions as a source:

WHFoods: chromium

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I took it for 12 months and saw no difference...maybe you have to be lacking in it first...from my diet I'd say I'm fine

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I've used Chromium Piccolinate since diagnosis. I'm pretty religious about taking my supplements, but during a few slack-off periods I did experience more trouble maintining my blood sugar within my desired range. Was it the lack of CP? I don't know for sure....

You can get it at any health food store. I use the Solaray brand from Whole Foods.


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nice information,.

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I think my diet should be OK too, but it's good to know in case it ever shows up as below desirable levels.

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