Chromium

Chromium ~ Vitamins

This is actually a metal and one of the nine essential micro-minerals.

Or, an essential trace element.

Because very small amounts are necessary for human health.

Only a small amount of this trace element in foods and supplements is actually absorbed by our body.

Our body requires minute amounts.

But there are benefits to having an adequate intake of this mineral.

The Benefits:

This is a mineral involved in glucose metabolism.

It's also used for improving blood sugar control.

In people with pre-diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes. and high blood sugar due to taking steroids.

It increases sensitivity to insulin.

Also, it aids in building up fatty acids and cholesterol and in breaking down proteins.

Having adequate amounts helps regulate metabolic processes.

Some people try this mineral for body conditioning.

Including weight loss, increasing muscle, and decreasing body fat.

This trace element is also used to improve athletic performance.

And to increase energy.

The amount adults need daily from food is 30 micrograms for men and 25 micrograms for women.

It's also used for depression, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), lowering “bad” cholesterol.

And raising “good” cholesterol in people taking heart medications called beta blockers.

Good Food Sources:

It occurs in a wide variety of foods; yet many foods contain only 1 or 2 mcg. per serving.

Besides, food processing methods often removes this naturally occurring nutrient.

Food sources include meat (especially liver), peas, beans and cheese.

Whole grains, brewer's yeast, and red wine.

Brewer's yeast, particularly when grown in chromium-rich soil.

Is a very rich dietary source.

Nutrient Interactions

Iron: Excessive supplementation can make it difficult for the body to use iron.

Which could lead to iron deficiency.

Vitamin-C: Vitamin-C may help with the absorption of nutrient.

Zinc: Taking zinc and chromium together may decrease absorption of both minerals.

And if you're wondering what to have with dinner tonight to get, or up your intake, try;

Classic Chicken Salad

Chicken seems to be one of the leftovers we always bring home after a restaurant meal.

This is a great way to use it up.

The apples and walnuts add a nice crunch.

Makes: 4 Servings

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 c. fat free mayonnaise

2 Tbs. chopped parsley

2 Tbs. lemon juice

1 tsp. tarragon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. celery seed

1/2 tsp. black pepper

2 med. delicious apples, washed, quartered, cored, diced

2 celery stalks, washed, trimmed, diced

12 large romaine leaves, washed

2 Tbs. chopped walnuts

3 c. cooked skinless chicken breast, diced

Preparation;

1. In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

2. In larger bowl, combine chicken, celery, walnuts, parsley, tarragon, celery seed and apple.

3. Add mayonnaise mixture and gently toss.

Cover and refrigerate 10 minutes to chill.

4. Place romaine leaves on 4 serving plates.

Scoop chopped chicken salad evenly on plates.

Serve immediately.

We hope you enjoy!

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