Chromium: The Diabetic Element

Chromium is now generally recognized to play an important role in blood sugar metabolism. This critical trace element has the effect of normalizing blood sugar levels.


Glucose Tolerance Factor

This trace element is believed to form an integral component of so-called glucose tolerance factor, a proposed metal-protein complex sometimes referred to as chromodulin. It is responsible for activating insulin receptors, thereby increasing insulin sensitivity.

High blood sugar is a damaging hallmark of diabetes. When cell membranes are sensitive to the presence of insulin, they are more receptive to insulin’s efforts to usher glucose molecules out of the bloodstream and into cells, where glucose is then burned for energy.

Without this essential element, insulin evidently becomes ineffectual. As glucose piles up in the bloodstream, the pancreas produces ever-greater amounts of insulin, to little avail. In essence, this amazing element acts like a kind of doorman.

While insulin escorts glucose through doors in the cell membrane, the element rings the doorbell, and perhaps holds the door open by activating receptors, while insulin ushers its precious cargo into the cell.

Without the element's help, cell membranes fail to open and blood sugar rises.

There are two chemical forms, called trivalent and hexavalent. The hexavalent form is usually a byproduct of the metallurgy industry (for example, chrome automobile parts). It may indeed be toxic if inhaled.

Dietary supplements are in the trivalent form. The trivalent form is an essential nutrient that is well tolerated and highly effective at metabolizing blood sugar.

Food Sources

Here's a simple table showing foods rich in this amazing element:

Chromium Rich Foods

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