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Chromium is a mineral that is essential for human health. It is involved in a number of important bodily functions, including the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of chromium, how much chromium is needed, and which foods are good sources of this mineral.

Benefits of Chromium

  • Chromium has a number of health benefits, including:
  • Improved blood sugar control: Chromium can help to regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Enhanced energy levels: Chromium is involved in the metabolism of macronutrients, which can help to increase energy levels.
  • Improved cholesterol levels: Chromium has been shown to improve cholesterol levels in some studies.
  • Potential weight loss benefits: Some studies suggest that chromium supplementation may help to reduce body weight and fat mass.

Recommended Intake of Chromium

  • The recommended intake of chromium varies depending on age and sex. The National Institutes of Health recommends the following daily intakes of chromium:
  • Infants (0-6 months): 0.2 mcg/day
  • Infants (7-12 months): 5.5 mcg/day
  • Children (1-3 years): 11 mcg/day
  • Children (4-8 years): 15 mcg/day
  • Children (9-13 years): 25 mcg/day
  • Adolescents (14-18 years): 35 mcg/day for males, 24 mcg/day for females
  • Adults (19-50 years): 35 mcg/day for males, 25 mcg/day for females
  • Adults (51 years and older): 30 mcg/day for males, 20 mcg/day for females
  • Pregnant women: 30 mcg/day
  • Breastfeeding women: 45 mcg/day

Food Sources of Chromium

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