Chromium. Hit Those Sugar Cravings On The Head.
How many of these do you relate to?
Excessive or cold sweats
Dizziness or irritability after 6 hours without food
Need for frequent meals
Need for excessive sleep or drowsiness during the day
Addicted to sweet foods
All of these can be symptoms of chromium deficiency.
Years ago when I was eating way too much processed and sugary foods and had crazy stress levels, I would have said 'yes' to all of them.
So let me tell you about the difference a mineral called chromium can make...
Chromium is known to help balance blood sugar by increasing the power and effectiveness of the sugar-regulating hormone, insulin. Studies on adults and elderly found that chromium supplementation (150-250ug) significantly improved glucose intolerance.*
Chromium can be very effective at reducing cravings for sugar. I have often to recommended a chromium supplement to clients who are in transition to a much healthier diet but haven't got through the cravings stage yet. Many clients have raved to me about the difference chromium made in eliminating those cravings 'overnight'.
Chromium can be a big help in controlling your appetite by activating the part of the brain that says, 'I'm full' thus suppressing hunger symptoms.*
Chromium-rich foods include...
Vegetables & fruit
Chromium is essential for the intestines to make something called Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) and GTF works with insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.
This is one of the reasons that Brewers Yeast is such a popular supplement, it contains chromium already in the form of GTF (the intestines can have a day off!)
There a number of 'robbers' that can block your body using the chromium you have eaten...
High intake refined sugars and flours
Important: If you are thinking about taking a chromium supplement, please be aware that chromium will have potential interactions with certain medications such as anti-diabetes medications, levothyroxine, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs so always check with your GP or pharmacist first.
* Effect of chromium supplementation on blood glucose and lipid levels in type 2 diabetes mellitus elderly patients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15296075
* Effects of Chromium Picolinate on Food Intake and Satiety https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2753428/