Chromium Plays a role in Carbohydrate, Fat and Protein Metabolism
Chromium is a mineral that humans require in trace amounts and is important to digesting food and human metabolism. Chromium is directly involved in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. As such, Chromium plays a key role in human health and is also important to an athletes peak performance.
Chromium also plays a key role in the action of insulin, which a hormone critical to our body's metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Diabetes is a disease that affects your body's ability to use glucose due to the body's inability to sufficiently make or process insulin. Maintaining sufficient levels of Chromium may be helpful in preventing and managing Type 2 Diabetes. See Natural Ways to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Natural Food Sources of Chromium
In general, it is best to obtain Chromium from natural food sources. Chromium exists in many natural foods including brewer’s yeast, meats, potatoes (especially the skins), cheeses, molasses, spices, whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Drinking hard tap water supplies chromium to the body, and cooking in stainless-steel cookware increases the chromium content in foods.
Here is a list of natural food sources of Chromium.
Articles on Chromium
What is Chromium? Topic Overview, WebMD
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Chromium, National Institute of Health
Food Sources of Chromium, Shelly Morgan, Livestrong