Chromium is a microelement, which limits appetite for sweets. Chromium is one of the ingredients of supplements for weight loss. There are also tablets with chromium. Chromium inhibits appetite for sweets and helps to lose weight, but only when it is used in appropriate doses.
Chromium for weight loss
Chromium is an element, which indirectly prevents obesity. Its activity consists in limiting the absorption of fats. The majority of companies producing slimming preparations, which contain chromium call this element the product for weight loss. Its an overstatement. Chromium does not make us lose weight, but supports the management of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Because of this, people suffering from excessive appetite for sweets feel that this appetite is lower. It should be borne in mind that not everyone taking chromium will be able to control appetite for sweets. The effectiveness of this mineral is an individual matter.
Chromium in a diet
There are no analytical tests to determine the deficits of this mineral. Chromium is not stored in the human organism. The deficit may manifest itself by: increased appetite for sweets, problems with concentration, weird fatigue, diarrheas or frequent passing of urine, excess weight, excessive thirst, decreased immunity to infections. Chromium deficit carries the risk of diabetes and atherosclerosis.
Chromium may be found in:
- boiled beef
- orange juice
- rice flakes
- wholegrain bread
A healthy diet contains the above mentioned products. Therefore, if we eat healthy food every day, we should not be worried about the proper amount of chromium in our organism.
Chromium in tablets
Chromium, as a dietary supplement, should be taken only in reasonable doses. Daily need for this element is around 200mcg. Such a dose of chromium is contained in dietary supplements available on the market. Producers claim that 200mcg is 83,33% of our daily needs for this element… While using this type of tablets, we should be very careful as the excess of chromium is very dangerous to our organism, as it may cause changes on skin and mucous membranes. The excess of chromium may be noticed by weight loss, gastric ulcers, liver damage. It is safest to take chromium under doctor’s control.