Chromium at a glance*
- Improves insulin response
- Can reduce strong food cravings
- Helps lower blood sugars
- Supports serotonin production
- High sugar diets deplete chromium
Chromium GTF 200
Chromium-Nicotinic Acid Complex
Chromium is critical for human health, and a deficiency of chromium can lead to high blood sugars, insulin resistance and an increase in appetite.
Currently 1 in 4 Americans has abnormal blood sugar metabolism with some degree of elevated blood sugar and “insulin resistance”. Research suggests that the correct version of chromium – in the correct doses – could benefit countless Americans toward improved health, fat loss, and metabolic fitness.
Research suggests the minimum recommendations for chromium are 120 mcg a day*, although many experts believe the optimal amount is several times higher than 120 mcg, especially in disease conditions. The average American is deficient, only getting 30-35 mcg a day.
Choosing the RIGHT Form of Chromium!
Associated with two cases of kidney failure, chromosomal abnormalities and some experts believe the cellular damage seen in lab studies with chromium could increase cancer risks. Significant adverse effects associated with picolinate versions.
Less effective. 3-8 times less bioavailable.
Chromium Polynicotinate with Nicotinic Acid
No safety concerns identified.* Superior results in many studies. Highly absorbed, retained and utilized in tissues. (Dr. Tague’s Chromium GTF 200 is a Chromium-Nicotinic Acid Complex).
Potential Benefits from Chromium Supplementation:*
Increase Fat Burning
Studies show that chromium supplementation in dieters results in much higher fat loss and much less muscle loss. In one study, the chromium group (600 mcg/day) lost 84% of weight as fat and 16% as muscle, while the placebo group lost only 8% of weight as fat and 92% of weight loss was muscle. Non-exercisers have lost 3.8 lbs of fat in 10 weeks simply by adding chromium. Another study showed fat reduction in exercisers to be 3 times greater with chromium.
One study with weight lifting athletes showed 28 times more muscle gain with chromium (from 2 oz without chromium to 3.5 lbs muscle gain with chromium). Chromium has been shown to prevent muscle loss in those on very low calorie medical weight loss diets.
Chromium helps reverse the insulin resistance at the core of this condition. 10 research studies have shown that chromium lower abnormally high insulin levels.
Diabetes Type II
400-1000 mcg per day has been shown to relieve and reverse many of the signs and symptoms of diabetes type II , including lower blood sugars and lower cholesterol.
Diabetes Type I
Insulin doses were reduced by 30% in type I diabetes with 200 mcg chromium per day.
Appetite & Brain Support
Can reduce food intake by sensitizing brain to serotonin – reducing abnormally high cravings for carbohydrates, sweets and fats.
Helps with production of serotonin, improves symptoms of depression.
Chromium has the potential to prevent muscle loss on very low calorie diets.
Shown to improve metabolic markers and symptoms of PCOS in women.
Suggested Usage: As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily with food, or as directed by your healthcare provider.
Precautions & Safety
Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Note that in persons with leather contact allergy or chromate allergy, a similar reaction may occur with oral chromium supplements.
Keep out of reach of children.
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