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How does chromium work?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Chromium is an essential trace element that plays a role in blood sugar metabolism by enhancing insulin's effects and assisting in the thousands of necessary chemical reactions that occur in your body. Some studies have also suggested that supplementing with chromium may help you gain muscle and lose fat, but there isn’t enough solid research to support that claim.

It's unclear how it works exactly to lower blood sugar; however, some experts believe it works on insulin receptors, enhancing its effects on the body and lowering blood sugar levels. Some studies suggest that it can also increase the number of insulin receptors in the body, making it more effective at lowering blood sugar.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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