Chromium is a mineral that humans require in trace amounts. The primary form biologically active and found in food is trivalent (chromium 3+). Chromium is known to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone critical to the metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in the body.
Plant: Whole grain products, some vegetables, and fruits such as broccoli, potatoes, garlic, basil, apples, bananas, green beans, grape juice, spices, and red wine.
Animal: Beef, turkey breast.
NOTE: Most foods provide only small amounts (less than 2 micrograms [mcg] per serving).
« Chromium picolinate is a nutritional supplement that works to increase the efficiency of insulin to optimal levels. The most common usage for chromium picolinate is as a weight loss aid.
Certain medications may interact with chromium, especially when it is taken on a regular basis.