What exactly is Chrome?
Chromium is an important trace element that the body needs. Since the body does not produce it, chromium must be obtained through food or through a dietary supplement.
Chromium is important for various functions in the body. It is part of a molecule called Chromodulin, which helps the hormone insulin perform its role. Chromium supports the role of insulin, which is a hormone that is critical for the absorption and storage of glucose (blood sugar). Chromium works with insulin to help the body use blood sugar and can also help with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
Chromium helps maintain normal blood sugar (which can help reduce cravings for sugar) and insulin levels and also helps maintain adequate cholesterol levels.
Chrome and fertility
Chromium can help improve fertility in people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), as it is believed to help lower insulin levels and, as a result, lower testosterone levels. Insulin resistance is a key condition in PCOS and contributes significantly to the hormonal imbalances that cause many of the symptoms of PCOS.
Good chromium food sources include:
- Green beans
- Beer yeast
- Whole grains
- Sweet potatoes
- Lean meat
- Black pepper
Since B vitamins and vitamin C can also help increase the absorption of chromium you are taking, it may also be worthwhile to increase your intake of these essential vitamins!
Please note: If you follow a good diet rich in nutrients with lots of fruits and vegetables-you should get enough chromium every day. It is always a good idea to consult your doctor to take chromium supplements before conception.
* The content on this blog is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health care providers with questions you may have about medical conditions.