Chromium for healthy blood sugar support
Maintaining healthy blood sugar takes daily focus and a long-term approach
Of course, it’s the choices you make on a daily basis that are going to lead to long-term, sustainable success when it comes to maintaining healthy blood sugar.
Although it can be difficult to navigate all the health advice out there at times, certain advice doesn’t change (for good reason!): move your body on a daily basis, get at least five serves of fruit and vegetables every day, manage your meal portions, and drink plenty of water.
You might also consider watching your sugar consumption, eating wholegrain sources of carbohydrates, have a regular meal and snack schedule and minimising your alcohol consumption.
Insulin and blood sugar
The hormone insulin is central to the body’s ability to use sugars (glucose). Insulin is the gatekeeper that enables the sugars consumed in the diet to enter the body’s cells and be used as energy.
If too much sugar is consumed, the excess sugars are stored in the liver so they can be released into the blood stream in between meals to keep providing energy to the cells.1
Chromium and healthy blood sugar
Chromium is a mineral renowned for its ability to support healthy blood sugar and the breakdown of macronutrients – that is, dietary fats, sugar and protein.
Since increased quantities of chromium are used when there are lots of carbohydrates to break down, the body’s levels of chromium can decrease in people consuming a diet that’s high in sugars or refined carbohydrates.2
That means that if you’ve been eating more sugary snacks and convenience food pick-me-ups than usual lately, you might be utilising more chromium than usual.
Reboot your healthy blood sugar maintenance plan by reducing your refined carbohydrate and sugar intake and instead opting for whole grains and complex carbohydrates. Healthy sources of protein such as lean beef, chicken, legumes, nuts and seeds, can help in supporting healthy blood sugar levels too.
Try to incorporate chromium-rich foods in your daily diet too, including:3
- Vegetables: broccoli, green beans, mushroom, tomato
- Fruits: apple, banana, pear
- Brazil nuts, hazelnuts
- Beef, egg yolk and poultry
If you’d like some extra help in supporting healthy blood sugar, consider a chromium supplement which could provide that extra chromium intake. Find chromium plus more in Fusion Health Chromium Advanced.
- Mayo Clinic. Accessed February 2021, click here to read.
- Anderson, RA . Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2013;16(5):404-410.
- EUFIC. Last updated 27 March 2019, accessed 16 April 2021 from https://www.eufic.org/en/whats-in-food/article/chromium-in-the-diet