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Chromium Chromium Background Chromium is an essential nutrient, that has become a popular weight loss supplement. It is said to reduce fat and increase lean body mass. When used as a supplement, chromium is combined with picolinic acid to make Chromium (III) picolinic. Chromium (III) picolinic is the second largest mineral supplement taken in the US. Chromium is a mineral that our body needs for lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Since Chromium has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, many people correlate this relationship with weight loss. However, study after study there has not been an improvement in body composition with chromium supplementation. Purported Health Effects Chromium is said to cure or improve diabetes, weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, improve muscular strength, and increase lean body mass. Chromium increases insulin sensitivity by increasing the number of insulin receptors, improving insulin binding, and increasing beta cell
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Unformatted text preview: sensitivity. This increased insulin sensitivity is thought to increase protein synthesis, which may increase lean body mass and decrease the percentage of body fat. Studies which looked at chromium did not see an improvement in body composition. Dosage and Preparation The estimated safe and adequate daily dietary intake (ESADDI) for chromium is 50-200 mcg. Many studies had individuals take 200 mcg of chromium to test its effectiveness. Foods with high levels are brewer's yeast, molasses, coffee, tea, some wines and beer. taken with complex carbohydrates like starch. Contraindications and Adverse Effects Contraindications People taking large amounts of fiber, iron and zinc may lead to a decrease in the absorption of chromium. Adverse Effects There have been reports of people taking chromium supplements that lost some motor ability, cognitive problems, and possible irregular heartbeat. References Page 1...
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2010 for the course MFC 141 taught by Professor Horvath during the Summer '10 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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