What is chromium used for?

Your body needs chromium as part of the complex mechanisms that help your body use fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Chromium forms part of the natural compound glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which helps regulate how the hormone insulin maintains your blood sugar levels. The exact role of chromium in your metabolism and insulin production is still not fully understood, although researchers know it is necessary.

Your body needs chromium as part of the complex mechanisms that help your body use fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Chromium forms part of the natural compound glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which helps regulate how the hormone insulin maintains your blood sugar levels. The exact role of chromium in your metabolism and insulin production is still not fully understood, although researchers know it is necessary.

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Our bodies need some inorganic substances like iron, calcium and chromium for proper health. If you're not getting enough of a particular mineral, there are a wide array of mineral supplements available. Often it is not as easy to ...

take in or absorb minerals by themselves, so look for recommendations about taking supplements with a meal or seeing how supplements are frequently combined -- like calcium with vitamin D.
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