American soil is deficient in the mineral chromium. The refining of starches and carbohydrates robs foods of chromium. Chromium deficiency is a major factor in the development of heart disease (heart attacks, hardening of the arteries). Chromium is stored principally in the kidneys, spleen, and testes, with trace amounts found in the heart, lungs, pancreas, and brain. Chromium helps the body regulate metabolism, insulin, and blood sugar levels.
Chromium is pivotal for a person desiring weight reduction by stimulating enzymes that metabolize glucose for energy. It plays an important role in the liver synthesis of fatty acids (burns fat). When the body is deficient in chromium, twice the amount of time is needed for insulin to remove glucose from the blood. Chromium enhances insulin performance and glucose utilization and helps carry proteins. Refined sugar causes the body to deplete chromium rapidly. Strenuous exercise can also deplete chromium levels. The elderly are unable to store as much chromium in the body. Chromium works best when taken with meals or in the evening.
Symptoms of a chromium deficiency:
Aortic Cholesterol Plaque
Attention Deficit Disorder
Low Blood Sugar
Shortened Life Span
Dosage: Adults: One teaspoon daily. Children: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon daily