Chromium is an essential trace mineral that has a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. It helps to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in the blood, and increases the efficiency of insulin.

A chromium deficiency is associated with increased risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake for chromium is 50 to 200 micrograms/day for adults. Recently, chromium has been touted as an agent for increasing lean body mass and decreasing body fat.

Chromium - Found in:

Oysters, Potatoes, Cheese, Broccoli, Tomatoes,
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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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