How it helps
■ Helps the body metabolize and store carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
■ Enhances the action of insulin and can help diabetics.
■ Low plasma levels in the blood can indicate coronary heart
Where chromium can be found
Brown rice, cheese, meat, whole grains and beer.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Anxiety, fatigue, glucose intolerance (especially for people with diabetes).
■ The average North American diet is chromium deficient due to the inadequate natural supplies in the soil and water supplies.
■ Excessive intake can lead to toxicity symptoms such as dermatitis and gastrointestinal ulcers.
■ Chromium is best absorbed when it is taken in the form called chromium picolinate.