Simple information about the mineral Chromium, from the NY Times:
Chromium is important in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Chromium stimulates fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis, which are important for brain function and other body processes. It is an activator of several enzymes, which are needed to drive numerous chemical reactions necessary to life. Chromium is also important in insulin metabolism.
Chromium is only needed in trace amounts, but as it stimulates enzymes and and metobolism, it is essential in keeping the body healthy and insulin production on track. Lack of insulin leads to type-2 diabetes, and where that leads to is… going to be discussed in a future blog. Great sources for chromium are also the ones you find copper in. Basic meat proteins, bananas, spinach, apples, are just a few places, and they are foods we all love, so getting chromium back into a HFCS-laden system is not that difficult, once the altered corn sugar has been taken out. That is a slow process, and it takes time and lots and lots of discipline. Some green tea will help one along the way, so long as it is not sweetened with HFCS. Some basic condiments even can provide chromium, like black pepper, and butter.
Keep your diet basic, read the labels, and have fun supplementing your chromium intake. This is the season for apples, and so many ways to enjoy them. Do so with a peace of mind that lets you know that you will be taking in the chromium your body needs.