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Help Control Your Blood Sugar Levels

Help Control Your Blood Sugar Levels

Chromium is a metal and it was discovered in France in the late 1790s, but it took until the 1960s before it was recognised as being an essential trace element. It is called an essential trace element because very small amounts of chromium are necessary for human health.

Chromium might help keep blood sugar levels normal. Blood sugar irregularities can produce a range of uncomfortable and undesirable symptoms, which you may have come to accept as part of your daily life. They can also cause sugar cravings, which are perhaps preventing you from sticking to your Eating Plan. By maintaining healthy blood sugar levels you can follow your Eating Plan and look and feel great!

By keeping blood sugar levels under control, we improve the way our bodies use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that your body uses to change sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. When we eat high sugar snacks, blood sugar levels increase significantly, resulting in increased insulin, which functions to lower blood sugar levels back to normal. Often insulin over performs and lowers blood sugar to less than optimal levels. This vicious cycle of low blood sugar to high blood sugar back to even lower blood sugar causes an energy crash that makes you want to eat even more sugary foods to compensate for the crash. The cycle can be broken by helping insulin to normalise blood sugar levels.
 
Numerous studies have shown that taking chromium supplements can curb excessive levels of insulin and make insulin receptors more responsive to its effects. Chromium helps to reset our body’s insulin and blood sugar thermostat. Without the peaks and troughs of high and low blood sugar and the subsequent craving to increase blood sugar levels, you no longer have the instinctual urge to consume high sugar foods.
 
In 2005, researchers put chromium to the test by giving a group of sugar cravers either daily chromium supplements or placebo pills for eight weeks. At the end of the study, the participants receiving chromium had almost totally overcome their frequent sugar cravings and they also had lower overall daily food intake, meaning that they did not compensate for their sugar cravings by eating more from other food groups.

Low chromium levels can increase blood sugar, triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood), cholesterol levels and increase the risk for a number of conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Good chromium food sources include lean meats, cheeses, some spices, such as black pepper and thyme, mushrooms and asparagus. It is also commercially available in several forms as part of many multivitamins or alone in tablet and capsule forms.


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