Chromium is a trace element, its main role is to maintain healthy blood glucose levels by enhancing the action of the hormone insulin.
Impaired glucose tolerance or insulin resistance occurs when the body cannot use the hormone insulin properly to balance blood sugar levels. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.
In a 2014 study, taking 200mcg of chromium picolinate a day lowered the after-meal blood glucose spike seen with insulin resistance and improved the glyemic control in type 2 diabetes patients.
Chromium is found in a wide variety of foods, including green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, pulses and lean meat.
Chromium picoloinate is available in capsules up to 200mcg and is best absorbed with vitamin C rich foods (green vegetables, citrus fruits). Tea and coffee hinder absorption, so avoid those beverages when taking chromium.
The UK has no recommended nutrient intake for chromium, but the Department of Health advise a safe and adequate daily intake of at least 25mcg and no more than 200mcg. Furthermore, consult with your GP if you are already taking diabetes medication as chromium may interact with diabetes medication.
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