What is the function of Chromium? As a dietary mineral, chromium regulates insulin production and activity which, in turn, helps cells make proper use of the glucose they receive. This helps regulate high blood sugar levels and prevent related medical conditions such as hyperglycemia and diabetes. In addition to this, chromium appears to control cholesterol levels in the blood, thus supporting cardiovascular health.
Chromium deficiency symptoms include: hyperinsulinemia (high levels of insulin in the blood), hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels), hypertension (high blood pressure), high levels of triglycerides (a type of blood lipids or fat), high LDL (bad) cholesterol, insulin resistance, low HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Note: Chromium is found in rather scarce amounts in food sources and research on the matter is still somewhat incomplete. Fortunately, it has been established with certainty that the human body requires small amounts of chromium on a daily basis. You can also include in your diet romaine lettuce, green beans, barley and black pepper which contain chromium as well, although in significantly smaller amounts. Also, it would appear that vitamin C increases the absorption of chromium.