Bio-Chromium may help to maintain optimal blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Many people choose to take a chromium supplement to reduce cravings for snacks between meals.
What is Chromium?
Chromium is a trace mineral essential for normal metabolism and growth, being a key factor in the processing of sugars and fats within the body. Dietary chromium is obtained from wholemeal cereal and grain products (provided soils are not chromium depleted), nuts, seafood and yeast. Highly refined foods (e.g. refined sugar, refined flour used in white bread) contain little of this essential mineral, which is also easily lost during cooking or food processing.
Chromium supplements are available in both organic and inorganic forms; although inorganic forms of chromium are cheaper, the body absorbs organic forms of chromium much more efficiently. Chromium supplements are available in several chemical forms (e.g. chromium picolinate or chromium polynicotinate).
What does Chromium do?
Chromium is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat and protein, helping to maintain healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Chromium is a component of the so-called Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) complex, which together with the hormone insulin, regulates carbohydrate metabolism and glucose balance within the body. Inorganic chromium is not incorporated into the GTF, and not all forms of organic chromium are GTF active. Chromium makes the action of insulin more effective, and helps the body to remove fat from the bloodstream. Chromium plays an important role in the natural weight regulating mechanism of the body. Chromium also helps maintain healthy immune function.
How much Chromium should you take?
The International Recommended Daily Allowance for chromium is 50 to 200 microgm/day. The average intake of chromium for the population has been estimated at 30-40 microgm/day.
Are there adverse effects from taking Chromium?
The toxicity of the chemical form of chromium used in Bio-Chromium (chromium 3) is very low. In man, no general adverse effects have been reported with a chromium intake much higher than the recommended dose of 200microgm/day. Rats given chromium at a dose of 100mg/Kg bodyweight in their feed showed no long-term toxic effects.
Chromium supplements taken with meals are less likely to cause irritation to the stomach. Organic forms of chromium supplements are much less likely than inorganic forms to cause gastrointestinal disturbance. Chromium supplements should be taken with caution by patients with impaired renal function or diabetes (the insulin dose may need to be adjusted). Bio-Chromium should not be taken by individuals with a known allergy to yeast.
About Pharma Nord Bio-Chromium
Bio-Chromium contains yeast-bound chromium in a highly absorbable form. Each tablet contains 100 microgram of chromium in the form of organic ChromoPrecise yeast. Pharma Nord recommends 1-2 tablets/day. Tablets are best taken with food, particularly that with a high fibre content. Pharma Nord recommends 1 tablet of Bio-Chromium and 4 tablets of Bio-Fibre 80 to be taken together daily. Bio-Chromium is manufactured under Danish pharmaceutical control.
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