27 Apr 2021

Chromium is an element commonly taken as a supplement. But what does it do, who takes it and why? Let’s take a look at some key facts about Chromium.


What is Chromium?


It’s a trace element that is commonly found in a number of foods. In other words, this is a naturally occurring element. We very often find it now in supplement form too because of the health benefits studies have shown it may present.


As a metallic element, the human body needs it in only very small quantities.


What does Chromium do in the body?

Chromium plays an important part in breaking down fats and carbohydrates in the body, in turn providing energy to muscles and the brain.


Which Foods Contain Chromium?


For adult women, the recommended daily intake of Chromium is between 21 and 25 mcg, while for adult men it’s 25 to 35 mcg.


There are plenty of food sources rich in the mineral and some of these include:


  • Broccoli, which also boasts a number of other health benefits
  • Shellfish, with particularly high levels of chromium in mussels (128mcg per 100g serving)
  • Meat in general, with particularly high quantities in lean beef
  • Wine, though alcohol moderation recommendations apply!
  • Brazil nuts
  • Whole grain flour

Chromium containing foods are everywhere and given the fact we need such small quantities, it is feasible to get what you need from your diet in most cases.


Health Benefits of Chromium


We know that Chromium helps the body to break down fats and carbs. But what other benefits does it have?


Research is increasingly looking into chromium’s health perks and uncovering some interesting findings, including these:


  • Chromium can help to regular blood sugar levels. A 2014 study and a 2006 study suggest this mineral could be particularly useful in regulating blood sugars for those with diabetes or prediabetes


  • A 2008 study found that Chromium could potentially help to restrict food cravings. The study, conducted with overweight women, gives some real merit to the use of Chromium in weight management

Do we Need to take Chromium Supplements?


While chromium is widely available in various food sources, some people choose to supplement to ensure they meet their daily intake consistently. 


Our own Amlow supplement contains 200 mcg of Chromium.


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