Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Micro-minerals : Chromium

Micro-minerals, like minerals, are organic elements present in the soil. Plants absorb them from their growth medium. We need even smaller amounts of each micro-mineral in our diet, but they are just as essential to maintain all nerve and muscle function, teeth, bones and body cells. Micro-minerals are insoluble in water and need to be bonded with a soluble compound before they can be properly utilised. That is why foods are the very best sources.

Functions of Chromium:
  • Insulin function
  • Glucose metabolism
  • Maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Maintain blood pressure
  • Promote brain function
Sources of Chromium:
  • Corn oil
  • Clams and oysters
  • Whole grains
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Cheese
  • Yeast
  • Apples, bananas, oranges and grapes
  • Brown rice
  • Dark green and leafy veg
  • Dried beans
Deficiency symptoms:
  • Impaired growth
  • High blood sugar levels
  • High cholesterol
  • Glucose intolerance
Supplements are usually unnecessary provided the diet includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements of any kind. An excess of any vitamin, mineral or micro-mineral can have unpleasant side effects.


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