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What is chromium?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Having problems with your blood sugar? Then you may be chromium deficient. 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 it may help you gain muscle and lose fat.

Chromium is naturally found in small amounts in foods like broccoli, romaine lettuce and meat. One of the strongest sources of chromium is whole grains; however, after grains are processed into foods like white bread or white rice, the majority of the chromium is lost.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
Ozgen Dogan
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Chromium is a mineral that has been shown to increase the effects of insulin. It is one of the most popular products being marketed for losing weight. But when we look at the studies, total weight loss is only about two pounds.

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