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Chromium


Metabolism
amino acids keep chromium from precipitating in the small intestines

Functions
Chromium is involved in the production of glucose tolerance factor
Fat and cholesterol metabolism use fairly high levels of chromium

Requirements
ESADDI - 50-200 mcg qd
ODI - 300-900 mcg qd

Sources
Brewer's yeast (not nutritional yeast), oysters, calf liver

Deficiency
long term - glucose intolerance, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides

Therapeutics
hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia - sugar depletes chromium
increasing lean body mass
acne - useful when related to glucose intolerance

Toxicity
very little

 

 

 

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