Chromium Supplements
October 26, 2011

The U.S. Navy Study - Chromium (120 mcg)

Chromium is a trace element essential to the metabolism of lipids (e.g., cholesterol), glucose, and insulin regulation.The long-term effects of a suboptimal intake of chromium has been related to a decrease in tissue associated with aging and a higher incidence of diabetes and atherosclerosis, particularly in developed nations. Illness, aging, stress (i.e., trauma, surgery, intense heat or cold), and strenuous exercise seem to increase chromium losses or needs.

Studies of humans with heart disease have demonstrated that chromium deficiency is associated with atherosclerosis, suggesting that optimal chromium levels may reduce the risk of heart disease. Tissues of humans who have died of heart disease have been found to have less chromium than tissues of humans who died of accidental causes. In tissues of patients with atherosclerotic plaque who died of heart disease, no detectable chromium was found. There is also evidence in humans that a diet sufficient in chromium along with selenium, copper, potassium, magnesium, and calcium reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease through a beneficial effect on serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
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