Friday, May 10, 2013
Signs of a Possible Chromium Deficiency
While being overweight or obese can be a sign of a chromium deficiency, it is not the only one. Some other possible signs are:
-Cravings for sugary or starchy foods
-Diabetes or hypoglycemia or chronically high or low blood sugar
-Difficulty tolerating alcohol or sugar
-Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome or
-High cholesterol or high triglyceride levels.
But a person can be deficient in chromium without experiencing any symptoms. Likewise, a person can experience the weight-loss benefits of chromium supplementation without having a chromium deficiency.
Sources of Chromium
Chromium is naturally found in many whole grains, romaine, lettuce, onion, beans, legumes, and ripe tomatoes.
Supplementing with Chromium
There are different types of chromium but the one with the best fat-burning effects is chromium glucose-tolerance factor, or chromium GTF. This is the form of chromium that is especially involved in balancing blood sugar levels, which likely acocounts for its weight-loss benefits. Supplement with just 200 to 500 MICROgrams daily. According to research at the University of Texas, the benefits of chromium supplementation are superior when combined with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Supplement with 2 to 3 grams (2000 to 3000 milligrams) of CLA daily for best results. Always consult with a naturally-minded physician before starting any new supplements.