In the video below, I summarize the pros and cons of Chromium… And how to best use it for maximum safety and effectiveness.
“So How Effective Is Chromium For Improving Blood Sugar & Glucose Levels?…”
Chromium is an “essential trace element” because small amounts of chromium are necessary for human health.1 It’s important in processing carbohydrates and fats, and it helps cells respond properly to insulin – the hormone produced by the pancreas, which makes blood sugar available to the cells as our basic fuel.1
An estimated 60% of the U.S. population is mildly deficient in chromium and this is probably due due to very low soil levels of chromium, the higher intake of processed foods and lower intake of organic vegetables.1
Additionally, dietary chromium has a low absorption rate,1 which becomes even lower with age, so anyone over the age of 40 is especially at risk. Because adequate dietary chromium helps to maintain insulin sensitivity, chromium deficiency can contribute to the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.1,2
Even mild deficiencies of chromium can produce problems in blood sugar metabolism, and contribute to other symptoms such as anxiety or fatigue.1,2 Altered cholesterol metabolism, accelerated atherosclerosis, decreased growth in young people and delayed healing time after injuries or surgery can result from chromium deficiency.1,2
BOTTOM LINE: Chromium is important for glucose metabolism and overall health. Most people are deficient in it and don’t absorb it well through the foods we eat. Thus, it’s best to supplement your diet with additional chromium.
How Much & What’s The Best Form?
So, now you know that you need to supplement your diet with some additional chromium, but how much and what’s the best form?… A good dose for improved glucose metabolism is 200 mcgs, 3x daily with food.1
But the “challenge” is that there are so many different forms?… Well, when looking specifically at chromium absorption, a study published in 2004 showed that a combination of both Chromium Picolinate AND Polynicotinate were best absorbed and safest.3
Unfortunately, most supplements contain only ONE … either Picolinate OR Polynicotinate (as ChromeMate®). So it’s best NOT take them individually – rather take a combination of the two (more on this in a second…)
Warnings & “Scams”
As with anything, there are always potential “negatives” and here are a few things you want to watch out for. Generally speaking, Chromium has been shown to be safe, when taken in proper dosages. However, a few things to consider:
- You should not exceed 1000 mcgs daily.4
- Do not take it on an empty stomach and then not eat for a while. It may lower your blood sugar too much. It’s best to take prior to a meal.4
- A combination of BOTH Chromium Picolinate and Polynicotinate (called ChromeMate®) is best for both effectiveness and safety.3
- Also, make sure you always take Chromium along with Biotin for correct balance to prevent deficiencies. Blood Sugar Optimizer™ has this correct 3:1 ratio.
“So, What’s YOUR Best & Safest Solution?…”
I’ll be honest with you. No one single ingredient works at 100% effectiveness forever, let alone for every person. And that includes Chromium or any other single herb or nutrient.
Think about it. Just like you don’t eat only broccoli for best health, you don’t want to use only one herb or nutrient either.
The most effective and safest products use a combination of different nutrients and ingredients, at specific proven dosages, creating a special synergy which will help create healthy blood sugar & glucose levels, without serious negative side-effects.5
Now, based on my research, the following ingredient have been scientifically shown to work, they’re effective and safe for both short and long-term usage5,6:
- Combination of BOTH Chromium Piconlinate & Polynicotinate (ChromeMate®)
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (NA-R version is best)
- Cinnamon Extract (4:1 ratio)
- Bitter Melon
- Gymnema Sylvestre Extract (75% Gymnemic Acids)
- Bilberry Leaf Extract (25% Anthocyanosides)
- Fenugreek Extract
- Banaba Leaf Extract (1% corosolic acid)
Additionally, whatever product you select – make sure it has contains some essential vitamins and minerals, that are typically lacking and not being absorbed properly by individuals with glucose problems.5 The most important are:
- Magnesium (as Glycinate & Citrate)
- Vitamin C
- B-Vitamins (B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12)
- Zinc Picolinate
- Biotin (very important)
When the above ingredients are combined together in proper ratios, the “synergy” creates a much more effective solution, at a lower dose – WITHOUT your body adapting or having negative side-effects.5,6 That’s the secret!…
Confused? Too Many Options & Choices?
Here’s What Other People Have Done…
Fortunately, there’s “all-in-one” remedy called Blood Sugar Optimizer™, which contains the above key ingredients, in specific extracted dosages6 — in addition to a couple other helpful ingredients.
The feedback has been amazing and since the product has been around for almost a decade, you know it works!
- Chromium – Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet
- Chromium deficiency
- Comparing metabolic effects of six different commercial trivalent chromium compounds.
- Vitamin insufficiency and diabetes risks
- Effects of vitamin supplementation on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes
- Effectiveness of a Commercially Available Supplement in Improving Blood Glucose Levels