Over the past few weeks we have been discussing minerals. This week we continue with the mineral Chromium. To recap let’s review the difference between a vitamin and mineral. A vitamin is any compound that contains carbon and therefore is organic. There are two classes of vitamins…fat soluble A, D, E and K or water soluble, B and C.
Minerals on the other hand do not contain carbon and are what we call inorganic. There are macro- minerals and micro-minerals. Macro-minerals are calcium, chloride, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and sodium. Micro-minerals are: chromium, iron, copper, zinc, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and iron.
There are many factors that can decrease the absorption of vitamins and minerals which include: alcohol, caffeine, antibiotics, stress, corticosteroids, aspirin, diuretics, oral contraceptives, sugar and tobacco. Therefore if your lifestyle includes any of these factors and you are not well there could be a good chance that you are not absorbing your essential nutrients. You will learn over the next few weeks the critical affect that each of the vitamins and mineral have over the health of your body.
This week we will be discussing Chromium
The primary function of chromium is its role in carbohydrate metabolism, meaning that it moves insulin in and out of the cells helping with energy production.
What it Does:
- Helps with energy production
- May benefit someone who is hypoglycemic, has type II diabetes or is insulin resistant
- The effect of chromium is also being researched on
- o High blood pressure
- o Cholesterol levels
- o Obesity
- o Metabolic Syndrome X
Absorbing and Utilizing Chromium:
- Chromium is not easily absorbed and the body itself only produces small amounts. Therefore, it needs to be supplemented.
- The absorption of chromium is affected by simple sugars, antacids and white flour. So the more you eat these items the less chromium will be absorbed into the body.
Found In: Peas, green peppers, whole eggs, beef, onions, broccoli, carrots, blueberries
References: The Power of Nutrient Dense Food, Patty Weller CCN
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