Chromium is a metallic element that humans require in very small amounts. It is an essential part of metabolic processes that regulate blood sugar, and helps insulin transport glucose into cells, where it can be used for energy. Chromium also appears to be involved in the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Optimising your chromium levels may help protect your heart, bones and brain health. The body’s ability to store and absorb this mineral often decreases with age. Chromium is a very important micro-nutrient, but it is often overlooked.

  • If you are older, pregnant, a dibetic or very athletic - you may have a chromium deficiency.
  • The RDA is 20-30μg per day.
  • Supplementation of 200 micrograms per day of chromium has shown to improve glucose metabolism (Most multivitamins have between 40-100μg).
  • Chromium polynicotinate is the best form of chromium supplement.
  • If your zinc intake is VERY high (eg. huge oysters lovers) you may need more chromium.
  • Chromium is found in the highest concentrations in whole grains.
  • Professional athletes may need more chromium. Increased exercise or physical activity triggers the mobilisation of chromium into the blood.
When a chromium deficiency does occur, common symptoms include:
  • poor blood glucose control.
  • worsened levels of weak bones and bone loss.
  • low energy, fatigue.
  • poor skin health.
  • higher risk for high cholesterol and heart complications.
  • low concentration and poor memory.
  • worsened eye health.