This mineral aids the transport of glucose into cells, promotes glucose metabolism, enhances the effect of i8nsulin in glucose utilization, and aids in misc synthesis. It also decreases the total cholesterol and LDL levels. Chromium's role was discovered in about the 1950's and has been shown to be useful to control diabetes. As a glucose-tolerance factor, Chromium controls blood glucose levels and simulates insulin levels. It also controls blood-cholesterol levels, and controls fat levels in blood.
Common plant sources include wholegrain cereals, molasses, mushrooms, apples, broccoli, tomatoes, and corn. Meat sources include calf liver, chicken, ham, beef, cheese and eggs.
Chromium deficiency symptoms include fatigue, high blood cholesterol, reduced tissue sensitivity to glucose, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and abnormal metabolism of fat, glucose, and misc.