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Mineral of the Week: Chromium

Posted Sep 11 2008 2:20am

Beer Drinking beer may be healthy. Hey, it’s not a joke.

Did you know some brands of beer contain significant amounts of chromium? It’s true, and that’s great news for all the beer lovers out there.

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Chromium (III), also known as picolinate, is an efficient supplement against diabetes types 1 and 2, hypoglycemia and high cholesterol.

Let’s go back to the beer subject. Brewer’s yeast is the best source of chromium, which is also found in grains and cereals. Several types of beer are made of brewer’s yeast, making beer a rich source of this nutrient.

Beer may also contain high amounts of some other nutrients, including magnesium, biotin, selenium, potassium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Sounds too good to be true? But here’s the warning.

The main active ingredient of beer is alcohol and, therefore the health effects of alcohol apply to beer.

Now back to chromium, a daily intake of 200 mcg is recommended by many doctors. Diabetics may take Chromium to regulate blood sugar levels and several natural supplements contain high amounts of the mineral in conjunction with an herbal blend.

Studies have showed that continue intake of chromium supplements may improve the glucose metabolism in diabetics. Chromium may also support stable cholesterol levels, reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol and preventing some related heart diseases.

Certain medicines may interact with chromium. Check with your doctor before taking any chromium supplements.

Twinlab Chromium Picolinate 200 mg. - 200 Capsules
Country Life GTF Chromium Glucose Tolerance Factor 200 mcg. - 90 Tablets
Country Life - Biochem Chromium Picolinate 200 mcg. - 50 Vegetarian Capsules

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