Chromium is not found in nature as a free molecule. It is a very difficult mineral to be absorbed or be bioavailable. It is not made by the body and must be obtained from the diet. In the blood it is in the organic active trivalent state as part of GTF (glucose Tolerance Factor). In this form it helps support the immune system. Chromium is stored in many parts of the body including the skin, fat, brain, muscles, spleen, kidneys, and testes. It plays a vital role in regulating carbohydrate metabolism by enhancing insulin factor (GTF) and supports normal insulin levels in the body.
Glucose is a simple sugar that is the principal source of energy for the body’s cells. Glycogen is the main form in which glucose is stored in the body: primarily in the liver and muscles. Glycogen converts back into glucose as needed to supply energy
Eating a diet that is high in fat, refined sugar, flour and grain depletes chromium from the body. Reduced chromium level is related to aging, diets that are stressful to the digestive and to the Western modern refined diet may contribute to chromium deficiency. Even a mild deficiency may produce additional problems in blood sugar metabolism, such as craving high levels of sugar, anxiety, fatigue, decreased growth in young people, slower healing time after injuries or surgery. Eating a highly refined diet triggers the need for more insulin to be produced which requires even more chromium to be available via the diet. Milk and other high- phosphorus foods tend to bind with chromium in the gut to make chromium phosphates that travel through the intestines blocking chromium availability.
GTF is thought to bind to both insulin and to the cell receptors to utilize glucose which helps to lower high blood sugar which could lead to diabetes
Non-amino acid chelated Chromium may be transported via the iron carrier protein transferrin. When transferrin is saturated with iron or other minerals, chromium binding is reduced and easily lost in the urine. This may explain the elevated blood levels and urinary losses Life of chromium associated with strenuous exercise
Life Zone Amino Acid Chelated Chromium supports regulating carbohydrate metabolism,
for protecting the body from the effects of high stress. As a true amino acid chelated chromium bioavailable it is stable, safe, protects heart health and muscles. It helps maintain the Immune system
It helps prevent continual elevation of high blood sugar. If glucose does not enter into the cells, the excess circulating sugar can cause damage to cells, the retina of the eyes and arteries
Taking amino acid chelated Chromium daily in small amounts has helped to increase glucose tolerance, decrease blood fats, both cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as raise HDL healthy levels.