Chromium

Functions

  • Required for proper insulin function in the utilization of glucose.
  • Aids in metabolism.
  • Lowers blood cholesterol and may slightly raise high density lipoprotein (HDL).
  • Increases resistance to infections.

Sources

  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Beef
  • Liver
  • Whole wheat
  • Oysters
  • Potato
  • Green pepper
  • Egg
  • Chicken
  • Apple
  • Butter
  • Banana
  • Spinach

Deficiency

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • May cause diabetes
  • May lead to heart disease
  • Abnormal cholesterol metabolism
  • Decreased growth in children
  • Reduced healing time

Toxicity

  • Due to lower absorption and higher excretion, there is no toxicity.