Chromium Chelate

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Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the hormone insulin to function at its full potential. Nicotinate and picolinate are two forms of chromium. Proponents of the picolinate form claim that it lowers cholesterol, burns body fat, and increases life span.

NOTE: This post is from a highly respected manufacturer of supplements, so I will not provide the name of the author. When the information they mention is published, and the abstract is available, I will list it on this page. (See the abstract below.)

  1. Chromium is used for chromium deficiency. It is also used for diabetes, high cholesterol, a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with cysts (polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS), and many.
  2. Chromium is involved in glucose metabolism and is the major mineral needed for insulin production. Chromium works with insulin to support healthy blood glucose regulation. Chromium GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor) is a very easily absorbed form of chromium, naturally derived from.

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the hormone insulin to function at its full potential. Nicotinate and picolinate are two forms of chromium. Proponents of the picolinate form claim that it lowers cholesterol, burns body fat, and increases life span.
In order to evaluate scientific merit of chromium picolinate, we collaborated on a study with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Despite claims of fat burning and weight loss, it yielded none of these effects in overweight women. Additionally, in a direct comparison against chromium nicotinate, the picolinate source was less effective in supporting the action of insulin.
Additionally, there is some scientific evidence suggesting that chromium picolinate triggers chromosomal changes that could be a factor in carcinogenesis. While it is our conclusion that much more research would be needed to indict chromium picolinate as harmful, its scientific track record of efficacy is poor. Hence, the nicotinate form is the preferrable medium to provide added chromium to the diet.

Chromium and Exercise Training: Effect on Obese Women

FROM: Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1997 (Aug); 29 (8): 992–998
Grant KE, Chandler RM, Castle AL, Ivy JL
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education,
University of Texas at Austin 78712, USA.
Chromium chelated

Chromium supplementation may affect various risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), including body weight and composition, basal plasma hormone and substrate levels, and response to an oral glucose load. This study examined the effects of chromium supplementation (400 micrograms.d-1), with or without exercise training, on these risk factors in young, obese women.
Chromium picolinate supplementation resulted in significant weight gain in this population, while exercise training combined with chromium nicotinate supplementation resulted in significant weight loss and lowered the insulin response to an oral glucose load.We conclude that high levels of chromium picolinate supplementation are contraindicated for weight loss in young, obese women. Moreover, our results suggest that exercise training combined with chromium nicotinate supplementation may be more beneficial than exercise training alone for modification of certain CAD and NIDDM risk factors.

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Chelated chromium is a dietary supplement containing chromium, a mineral that the human body usually needs to regulate metabolic processes. Humans only need very small amounts of chromium, but it is considered essential for helping the body metabolize fat, protein, and carbohydrates. It helps deliver glucose, or blood sugar, into the body's cells, where it is burned for energy. Some believe that using chromium supplements can help reduce insulin resistance and assist sugar and fat metabolism. Its benefits may include lowered blood sugar, lowered blood cholesterol, decreased body fat, and decreased appetite.

This mineral is believed to assist sugar metabolism because it helps insulin bind with living cells in the body to deliver glucose, or blood sugar, to that cell's receptors. It plays a role in keeping blood sugar levels stable while controlling appetite. It may help reduce blood levels of dangerous LDL cholesterol while raising blood levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol. In may help improve fat metabolism, helping the body to shed more excess fat.

Many people probably get enough chromium from eating a balanced diet. Chromium deficiency may be related to type 2 diabetes high blood cholesterol, and chelated chromium supplements may be able to help manage the symptoms of these conditions. Chelated chromium contains chromium that has been chemically combined with other substances, like amino acids, that can help the body absorb chromium more easily.

Chromium gtf chelate benefits

Chromium Chelate Benefits

The body usually excretes much of the chromium in takes in, through the urine. The body can store chromium in the skin, muscles, spleen, brain, and fatty tissues of the body. Levels of chromium in the body, as well as the ability to absorb chromium from dietary sources, may decrease with age.

Chromium Chelate Benefits

Some experts believe that minor chromium deficiency may be relatively common in the developed world. Studies conducted in the United States and Britain seem to indicate that as many as half of people in those countries suffer from mild chromium deficiency. While chelated chromium dietary supplements aren't known to have any negative side effects, persons who wish to use them for the management of a medical condition are generally advised to seek the advice of a physician prior to beginning supplement use. Dietary sources of chromium include brewer's yeast, whole grains, shellfish, and liver.