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Minimizing breast cancer risk

May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

Salt hypothesis vs. reality

Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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Chromium and your health

Chromium (Cr) is nutrient that, according to the DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes, replacing the RDA since 1997), we need in the amount as miniscule as 0.2mg a day. Yet, over 80% of Americans may be deficient in this trace mineral. It is not hard to understand why, knowing that - after soil depletion and food processing loses - chromium absorption from the food is inhibited by sugar, other simple carbohydrates, fats and alcohol. Poor thing doesn't have much of a chance to get to our precious cells.

Should we care? Very much so. Chromium has at least two very important roles in the body: (1) regulating uptake of blood sugar (glucose) by body cells, as a cofactor needed to maintain the sensitivity of cells to insulin (carrying glucose over cellular membrane), and
(2) helping regulate your cholesterol level.

What this translates into is that chromium deficiency is very likely to: (1) cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and (2) can result in elevated total cholesterol.

Its sugar connection is particularly frightening: people that crave sugar have their chromium level lowered by the excessive sugar intake. Lower chromium causes more intense sugar and simple carbohydrate (including white flour) craving, which further worsens chromium deficiency - which in turn makes your sugar craving even more intense. There is no way out without correcting chromium levels.

It is another good reason to make sure your mineral status is OK, because

you don't want to be on that downward spiral, period.

Hypoglycemia, cravings, obesity, mood swings, depression, diabetes, weakened immune system - makes only a partial list of ailments and illnesses related to the chromium deficiency cycle.

If chromium is very low in ratio to its mineral antagonists (copper, potassium and selenium), it can result in a specific form of osteoporosis (loss of trabecular bone - the porous inner core of the bone)18. This is only likely as a consequence of a high long-term intake - especially through selective supplementation - of one or more of the three minerals. Yet another remainder that the ultimate in healthful nutrition is a balanced intake of all important nutrients.

 While it is very important to have as good as possible chromium food intake, for the reasons mentioned in the beginning, it is unlikely to satisfy your body's needs. Supplementation is recommended, with chelated chromium being more desirable supplemental form than chromium picolinate, which has been shown to be both, less effective and more likely to cause side effects. The fact that chromium supplementation significantly prolongs life of laboratory animals seems to be a good enough reason to secure an extra daily doze - at the DRI level - for yourself.

But don't let that tempt you to overdo on chromium. As always, excess intake of a nutrient can be as bad as deficiency, if not worse. Too much chromium can cause spinal and joint degeneration and depressed immune system. Excessive chromium picolinate, in particular, can also cause headache, insomnia, psychotic symptoms, cardiac arrhythmia, weight gain, and other adverse health symptoms.

 Best natural chromium food sources are brewer's yeast, broccoli, grape juice, potato, whole grains, lean meat and orange juice. Red wine can also be a good source. However, even best chromium food sources still contain only a small fraction of needed daily intake. This puts chromium among those essential nutrients most likely to be deficient in your diet.