• Recovers/ Enhances / increases sensitivity to insulin – helps insulin bind to receptors
  • Effects lipid metabolism – increased HDL with increased Chromium intake and may help reduce body fat assisting to:
    • Lower body weight
    • Increase lean body mass
    • Improve Glucose tolerance
    • Decrease cholesterol
    • Decrease triglyceride levels
  • Beneficial to immune system
Source and function notes
  • Best sources are meat and whole grains
  • Major component in Glucose Tolerance factor, along with Vit B3, Glycine, Glutamic acid, Cysteine
Vegetable sources fresh chilli; potatoes; green pepper; parsnips; spinach, Carrots, Lettuce
Fruit sources Apple, Banana, Orange, Blueberries
Nut and seed sources
Absorption factors
  • Zinc and antacids inhibit absorption
  • Absorption enhanced by amino acids, ascorbic acid (vit C), starch, aspirin.
Spice and herb sources
Deficiency factors High blood sugar (where there is lack of insulin sensitivity)

Adapted from:

Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

Bland, J., Costarella, L., Levin, B., Liska, D., Lukaczer, D., Schlitz, B., Schmidt, M., Lerman, R., Quinn, S., Jones, D. (2004). Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, Second Edition. Gig Harbor, WA: The Institute for Functional Medicine.

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