Chromium is known to help regulate the blood sugar levels in the body by increasing the sensitivity of insulin. The glucose (blood sugar) is carried into the cells and burned for energy. It also helps increase the levels of HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) or “the good cholesterol” and helps flush LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) or “the bad cholesterol” out of the body. Chromium can also help us control our cravings. There is no need to worry about increased intake of chromium because toxicity from dietary chromium is not likely to occur. On the other hand, people with low chromium levels develop glucose intolerance which may lead to a rise of blood sugar levels in the body. Chromium is present in many foods in minimal amounts but there are certain foods high in chromium that you can eat to make use of its numerous benefits.
1. Brewer’s Yeast
Brewer’s yeast is derived from the fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is one of the key ingredients in making ale and beer. It is one of the richest sources of chromium. Just one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast contains 15 mcg of chromium – half of the daily recommended intake. Be cautious of brewer’s yeast supplements that are identified as “debittered”, because the debittering process eliminates chromium.