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CHROMIUM PICOLINATE - Is a nutritional supplement formed by the combination of the element chromium and naturally occurring metabolite, picolinic acid. The element chromium is a naturally-occurring mineral, and is required in very small amounts by the body. Trace amounts of it are found in food items such as brewer's yeast, fish, poultry, meat and whole grain breads. However, processed foods are very low in chromium, as the food gets stripped of the natural chromium during processing.
Studies reveal that on an average 33mcg of chromium consumption is required on a daily basis. The recommended intake is 130 mcg each day. Chromium is essential to facilitate the transport of blood glucose across cell membranes. Chromium picolinate is effective in increasing the efficiency of insulin to optimum levels. Moreover, the combination of chromium and picolinic acid facilitates efficient chromium absorption in the body.
The trace mineral chromium is known to help cells respond to insulin, which in turn helps maintain blood sugar levels in the body. Thus, chromium picolinate supplements are believed to improve insulin function and blood sugar control, thereby controlling type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Chromium is known to regulate carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Chromium picolinate supplements are believed to reduce food cravings and suppress appetite.
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