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Nickel : The trace mineral that aids in iron absorption, as well as adrenaline and glucose metabolism.

Nickel is one of the trace mineral or micronutrient in our body since it is present in very small amount in the our body but it plays an important part in overall health of the human body and in bodily processes. Nickel  aids in iron absorption, as well as adrenaline and glucose metabolism, hormones, lipid, cell membrane,  improves bone strength and may also play a role in production of red blood cells. Optimal growth, healthy skin, bone structure, enhances alkaline phosphate.

Nickel and  Cobalt share left / right-sided cell receptors and are essential to human health. While a Cobalt + Vitamin B12 relationship is well documented, a similar, but less documented affiliation applies to Nickel + Vitamin C.  Also less documented is the control nickel and cobalt exert over the muscular walls of the body’s arteries.  Cobalt specifically affects the right coronary artery, resulting in vasodilation with low levels, and vasoconstriction with high levels, while nickel exerts the same effect on the left coronary artery.

Functions of Nickel

  • Nickel is found to be beneficial being an important cofactor to various enzymes where it acts to accelerate the normal chemical reactions occurring in our body.
  • This element has been shown to take part in reaction catalyzed by oxidoreductases and hydrolyses (e.g. urease)
  • Nickel is in RNA and DNA of our body where it functions in association with these nucleic acids.
  • It probably has a role in stabilizing RNA structure.
  • It is found to be helpful in normal bone functioning and health.
  • Nickel is an important factor in the cell membrane and the lipid also.

Deficiency of Nickel

Since it is traced element, deficiency of it us rare. But it is found that due low amount of nickel in the bodies of some individual certain liver as well as kidney diseases arise in them.

Rich Food Sources of Nickel

It is found in many foods and these include both animal as well as plant sources.

Plants are the main dietary source of nickel. Plants grown in soil contaminated with nickel will have a higher content of nickel in them. Some rich sources of this mineral  include fruits, in some vegetables, grains , peas, dried beans, chocolate, nuts and oats. Animal foods are a poor source of nickel, while drinking water contributes to nickel considerably.

Source: http://www.acu-cell.com/nico.html

Vitamin B4 (Adenine) : The vitamin that is an key component of DNA and RNA, nucleic acids that carry very valuable and unique genetic information about everyone of us.

Vitamin B4 also known as Adenine is the member of the Vitamin B-Complex family. Vitamin B4 is also one of the water-soluble vitamins.  Adenine act as a  compound that acts as a co-enzyme with other compounds such as vitamins and is mostly known for its function  speed up the processes of producing energy in our body. That is why it is essential to provide our body with this important vitamin that can be done by adding sufficient amounts of food sources of Vitamin B4 to our daily diet.

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin B4(Adenine) is also considered a purine derivative, which is a necessary element for proper protein synthesis and related chemical processes. Besides, vitamin B4 is an key component of DNA and RNA, nucleic acids that carry very valuable and unique genetic information about everyone of us. Along with proteins, these acids are principal for normal development and functioning of any human body or other living organisms and all forms of life on earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adenine is the one of the nitrogenous bases of DNA also helpful in making code for DNA and is very important component of the DNA. It is a purine. Adenine forms a bond with thiamine in the DNA.  This vitamin B4 also forms a part of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is important in the transport of energy between many reactions and also forms adenosine which plays an important role in various biochemical processes. It enables the change of phosphate group which then provide energy which is very necessary for various cellular reactions and for cells’ life.

 

 

 

 

Also, adenine plays a very important role in biochemical processes linked to cell metabolism. In combination with sugar ribose, adenine forms such compound as adenosine, which further participates in formation of adenosine triphosphate, adenosine diphosphate, and adenosine monophosphate. These nucleotides are supposed to take part in the propagation of many hormonal stimuli. Vitamin B4 can be found as an element of various coenzymes in human body, which combine with vitamins to produce good amounts of energy. As it was said before, it is one of the main benefits of Vitamin B4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functions of Vitamin B4 Adenine

  • Since it acts as a co-enzyme with other vitamins so it therefore enhances metabolism.
  • It increases formation of antibodies which are helpful in counteracting various infections.
  • It plays a role as a precursor of assimilation of other B-vitamins.
  • Its helps to remove fatigue, weakness and debility.
  • It plays a role as a precursor of assimilation of other B-vitamins.
  • It causes promotion of cell formation as well as normal growth.
  • It Increases the transit time of the intestinal tract of the body.
  • It also helps to maintain balance of blood sugar levels in our body.
  • It strengthens our immune system and its response.
  • It causes promotion of cell formation as well as normal growth.
  • It causes prevention of cellular mutation and formation of free radical

Deficiency Symptoms:
The following symptoms would be most likely associated with
Vitamin B-4 (Adenine) deficiency: Retarded growth rate, blood and skin disorders, constipation, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle weakness, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), sensitivity to insulin, physical and mental depression, anemia, fatigue, vertigo (dizziness), allergies, prone to infections, weakened immune system response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Sources of Vitamin B4

  • The following herbs:  Blessed thistle, blue cohosh, burdock, capsicum (cayenne), caraway, cascara sagrada, catnip, cloves, couch grass, ginger,golden seal, hawthorn, hops, jojoba, kelp, lady’s slipper, mullein, rose hips, sage, sarsaparilla, spearmint, strawberry, thyme, yucca.
  • Other source include raw unadulterated honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, most fresh vegetables, most fresh fruits. It is believed that all complex carbohydrates contain varying amounts of Vitamin B-4 (Adenine).

 

 

Source: http://www.rspharmchem.com/vitamin-b4.htm

 

 

 

Vitamin B-15 (Pangamic Acid): The vitamin that helps in the formation of amino acids in our bodies and may assist in the oxidation of glucose and cell reproduction.

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Vitamin B15 (Pangamic acid) is water-soluble but its essential requirement in the diet has not yet been proven.  Studies have shown that it does increase oxygen to the muscles and organs and may assist in lowering cholesterol. Vitamin B15 helps in the formation of amino acids in our bodies and may assist in the oxidation of glucose and cell reproduction .In addition, it can also act as a stimulant to the endocrine system which ultimately encourages liver function to help with body detoxification. There is also evidence that it is essential to the formation of some hormones as well as keeping the adrenal gland healthy and functioning properly.

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In the United States, the FDA has not approved use of the vitamin and in fact, it has been banned for nearly two decades.  While some countries outside the United States have conducted studies and determined that vitamin B15 may have some health advantages, no such studies have been done in the United States, and there is no available vitamin B15 supplement at this time. However, in the U.S., Dimethyl glycine (DMG) is used as a substitute for B15. Doctors prescribe DMG with vitamin E and A as way to improve energy levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Russia, for example, scientists have shown that vitamin B15 can reduce the buildup of lactic acid in athletes which reduces muscle fatigue and even increases endurance. Russia has also used vitamin B15 to treat alcohol related problems. It is also used in Russia as a supplement to treat fatigue, asthma and allergies.

In Europe, vitamin B15 has been used to treat premature aging because of both its circulatory stimulus and its antioxidant effects. It helps protect the body from pollutants, especially carbon monoxide.

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Benefits of vitamin B15

  • Increases tolerance to hypoxia (insufficient oxygen to tissues and cells).
  • Vitamin B15 has been used to treat cancer, schizophrenia and heart disease.
  • Vitamin B15 has been found helpful in the treatment of number of diseases such as hypertension, rheumatic arthritis, asthma, heart disease such as angina. Emphysema arteriosclerosis, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis can also be get benefited by this vitamin 15
  • It decreases the severity of symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis such as pain and morning stiffness in the patients of this disease.
  • It causes relieve of discomfort and pain in patients of osteoarthritis as well.
  • It causes Improvement in the capacity of the body to use energy from food and therefore provides extra energy for physical as well as mental works and for self healing and repair.
  • It is found to be beneficial in premature aging prevention.
  • Stimulates the carriage of oxygen to the blood from the lungs, and from the blood to the muscles and vital organs of the body
  • Lowers cholesterol levels

Deficiency of Vitamin B15 Pangamic acid

Deficiency of this vitamin can impair its important function of formation of amino acids and antioxidants effects. Level of cholesterol may become high. Cancer causing substances may also increase in the body. Impairment occurs in the oxidation of glucose and in the cellular respiration.


Food Sources of Vitamin B15 (Pangamic Acid)


Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids) : The powerful antioxidants that play an important role in prevention and/or treatment of many health conditions.

Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids, bioavailable,  flavonoids)  are a class of water-soluble plant pigments with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antiviral, and anti-carcinogenic properties. This is the collective name given to rutin, hesperidin and quercetin and a range of other naturally occurring compounds including the oligomeric pro-cyanidins found in red wine.

Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that scavenge the harmful free radicals that damage our cells, and that alter genetic DNA, accelerate the aging process, and contribute to development of many diseases.

Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids) maintains the resistance of cell and capillary walls to permeation, prevents bruising, and intensify the effect of vitamin C in the body, helps hemorrhages and ruptures in the capillaries and connective tissues and builds a protective barrier against infections. Provides natural antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. The human body cannot produce bioflavonoids, so they must be supplied in the diet.

 Benefits of Vitamin P(Bioflavonoids)

  • Bioflavonoids together with Vitamin C, maintain the health of the thin walls of the small blood vessels known as capillaries, preventing bruising and bleeding, including excessive menstrual loss.
  • Rutin can be used to treat chronic venous insufficiency (condition in which blood drains inadequately from a body part), glaucoma, hay fever, hemorrhoids, varicose veins , poor circulation, oral herpes, cirrhosis, stress, low serum calcium, and for cataracts.
  • Hesperidin is useful in treating the complaints of menopause and in dealing with the viruses that cause herpes, the flu, and certain respiratory ailments. Hesperidin fights allergic reactions by blocking the release of histamine.
  • It can help reduce the inflammation that results from hay fever , allergies, bursitis, gout, arthritis, and asthma.
  • Quercetin : this is the most abundant and active of the flavonoids, and is a strong antioxidant. It is a major contributor to the medicinal activity of plants.  Research indicates that quercetin has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and powerful anti-cancer properties.

Deficiency of vitamin P(Bioflavonoids)

If a diet contains enough fruit and vegetables, bioflavonoids should not be deficient, but deficiency would show up as bruising. Where antioxidants are indicated and none present bioflavonoids could be of help, as well as iron deficiency, since it helps with the absorption of iron.

  • excessive swelling after injury, such as sports injuries
  • frequent nose bleeds
  • hemorrhoids or varicose veins
  • weak immune system, resulting in frequent colds or infections

Vitamin P Food sources:

white material just beneath the peel of citrus fruits · celery · garlic · red onions · broccoli. buckwheat · dry beans such as red beans, black beans, pinto beans · fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, apricots, blackcurrants, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, guavas, lemons, oranges, papaya, pears, prunes · herbs such as bilberry, hawthorn, ginkgo, licorice, pine bark, rose hips, yarrow and milk thistle · green tea · red wine · parsley · peppers · romaine lettuce · tomatoes · brassica (or crucifer) vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, cress, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, pak choi, swedes, turnips.

Beta-carotene : Beta-carotene (provitamin A) is essential for vision, adequate growth, and tissue differentiation.

Beta-carotene is probably the most well known of the carotenoids, a phytonutrients family that represents of the one most widespread groups of naturally occurring pigments.

Beta-carotene is the pigment that gives carrots, sweet potatoes, and other yellow vegetables their characteristic coloring. This conjugated polyene also serves as a precursor that can be enzymatically converted into vitamin A in most animals and man. It is an antioxidant, like vitamins E and C

Beta-carotene is necessary for growth & repair of body tissues; helps maintain smooth, soft disease-free skin; helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat & lungs, thereby reducing susceptibility to infections; protects against air pollutants; counteracts night-blindness & weak eyesight; aids in bone and teeth formation. Current medical research shows that foods rich in Beta Carotene will help reduce the risk of lung cancer & certain oral cancers. Unlike Vitamin A from fish liver oil, Beta Carotene is non-toxic.

Beta-carotene Function

  • Prevention against cancer and heart disease
  • To slow the progression of cataracts
  • To prevent macular degeneration
  • To boost immunity
  • To protect the skin against sunburn
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psoriasis

Deficiency of beta-carotene

A deficiency of beta-carotene may result in night blindness; increased susceptibility to infections; loss of smell & appetite; frequent fatigue; lack of tearing; defective teeth & gums, retarded growth,brittle fingernails, cirrhosis of the liver, corneal ulcers, diarrhea, obstruction of the bile ducts, rough, dry, or prematurely aged skin, skin blemishes, softening of bones and teeth, sties in the eye, ulcerative colitis, xerosis.

Food Source of  Beta-carotene

  • Yellow/orange vegetables – carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash
  • Yellow/orange fruits – apricots, cantaloupes, papayas, mangoes, carambolas, nectarines, peaches
  • Dark green leafy vegetables – spinach, broccoli, endive, kale, chicory, escarole, watercress and beet leaves, turnips, mustard, dandelion
  • Other good vegetable and fruit sources – summer squash, asparagus, peas, sour cherries, prune plums.

Cobalt : It is an essential element required for the normal functioning of the pancreas.

Cobalt is an important element in the formation of cobalamin or vitamin B12. It is not easily assimilated in the body and is stored in red blood cells, liver, plasma, spleen, kidney, and pancreas. Promotes RBC formation. Activates enzymes, replaces zinc in some enzymes.  Cobalt salts in small amounts are essential to many life forms, including humans. It is at the core of a vitamin called vitamin-B12.

 

 

 

 

 

The cobalt atom in vitamin B12 is attached and surrounded to a deoxyadenosyl group, methyl group, and a cyano group or hydroxyl group. The human body has a need for cobalt that is not in the ionic form of the metal but rather, for a performed metallovatimin which cannot be synthesized from a simple dietary meal. Thus, the content of vitamin B12 of foods is essential is the overall human nutrition.

 

 

 

 

 

When in the form of CoC12, cobalt assists in regulating casein and phosvitin phosphatases and other certain phosphoprotein phosphatases. Along with Nickel (Ni) and Manganese (Mn), cobalt can be a good alternative for Zinc (Zn) in the carboxypeptidase, carbonic anhydrase, angiotensin-converting enzyme, and metalloenzymes.

 

Functions of Cobalt in Our Body

  • It is an essential element required for the normal functioning of the pancreas.
  • It is also essential for hemoglobin formation.
  • It may be necessary for the first stage of hormone production i.e., capture of iodine by the gland.
  • Aids in normal growth and appetite
  • It is indicated that cobalt helps with repair of the myelin sheath, increases the effectiveness of glucose transport from the blood into body cells, and the building of red blood cells.
  • Iron Absorption. Iron is one of the most vital nutrients that are needed depending on gender, health conditions, and other factors. Nutritionists suggest that cobalt, together with other elements, can play a role in the body’s absorption of iron.
  • Vitamin C. Studies have shown that there is a great link between cobalt and vitamin C. The latter vitamin prevents certain conditions such as scurvy wherein scarcity of this mineral can lead to several symptoms such as hair loss. Humans need large amount of vitamin C in order to feel good and be well, and researchers have seen the role of cobalt in aiding the body makes use of the cocktails of vitamin C and other nutrients that was extracted from green vegetables, citrus fruits and other natural foods.

Deficiency Symptoms of Cobalt

A deficiency of cobalt is equivalent to a deficiency of vitamin B12, and can cause anemia, nerve disorders, and abnormalities in cell formation. Also, “scaly” skin and atrophy

 

 

Cobalt Food Sources

Beet greens, buckwheat, cabbage, dulse, figs, goldenseal, Irish moss, kelp, lettuce, mushroom, pau d’Arco, sarsaparilla, spinach, watercress. All sea vegetable and green leafy vegetable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germanium : The trace mineral that enhances the body’s natural healing power.

Germanium is a trace mineral with no Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) established.  It is abundant on the surface of the earth and is in most plants. Germanium is believe to be highly beneficial to good human health. In fact, germanium has many important medicinal properties. In the body, germanium attaches itself to oxygen molecules. This has the unexpected effect of making our bodies more effective at getting oxygen to the tissues in our body. The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies helps to improve our immune system. It also helps the body excrete harmful toxins.  Germanium is one of the most important reasons why natural foods, such as garlic are recommended by nutritional practitioners. Many disease states, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, immune system dysfunction and cancer have all been shown to respond to germanium therapy.  It is also a powerful analgaesic, which enhances the effects of the body’s own endorphins.

The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies caused by germanium has many other exciting effects as well. Taking germanium supplements is effective in treating arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Germanium can also be used to control pain in the human body.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about germanium is that it can stimulate the human immune system to fight cancer cells. This is exciting for two reasons. First, and most obvious, it helps fight cancer – one of the most deadly diseases in the world. But more importantly, it is not toxic to human cells. In fact, germanium is completely harmless to human cells, even cancer cells. Since it works by stimulating our immune system, which fights the cancer, it doesn’t damage the rest of the body like many other cancer treatments. Testing of new cancer treatments with germanium are underway, and perhaps we will soon see new, less damaging, cancer treatments using the element germanium.

In plants, this process helps protect them from infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi as well as increasing growth and protecting them from the cold. In humans, it seems the effects are both related to oxygen regulation and strong antioxidant activity

 Germanium Function 

  • Antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps chronic Epstein Barr virus syndrome
  • Helps correct distortions in the electrical aggregate of the human body
  • Helps rid the body of toxins and poisons
  • Improves cellular oxygenation
  • Intracellular electrical impulse initiator
  • Maintains the homeostasis in the body
  • May be analgesic
  • May have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor activity
  • May reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduces high cholesterol levels
  • Useful as part of a cancer treatment program
  • Useful in the treatment of hiv/aids

Germanium deficiency

Although germanium deficiency per se is not recognised, a lack of germanium is associated with infection and immune disorders, heart disease and high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and many other conditions.

Normal amounts of Germanium in the diet

Germanium is present in many natural foods, comprising around 1mg/day in an average western diet. High intakes of synthetic germanium (50-250mg/day) have been shown to be detrimental to health, although this seems to depend on the form taken.

Best natural food sources of Germanium include:

Aloe vera, Broccoli, Celery, Comfrey, Ginseng, Goji berry, Garlic, Mushrooms (especially shitake), Rhubarb, Sauerkraut, Suma, Seeds  Tomato juice and Vegetables

Vanadium : The trace mineral that have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.

Vanadium was named after the Scandinavian goddess of beauty, youth, and luster. It is commonly found in vegetables and seafood.   It is a controversy as to whether vanadium is an essential trace mineral in human nutrition. Although it has been suggested to have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.  Studies show that vanadium in the body works similar to insulin, i.e. it helps maintaining blood sugar levels. Basically when there is a high concentration of sugar or glucose in the blood stream, the body releases insulin hormone in order to tell the muscles, liver and fat tissues to utilize this glucose in the blood as a source of energy in place of stored fat as the main source of energy. As a result, the elevated glucose levels drop, subsequently the insulin levels also go down. Hence, such a person who has high blood sugar levels or uncontrolled insulin levels is considered to be suffering diabetes. Vanadyl sulfate is the most common and known form of vanadium.

The total amount of vanadium in the human body is estimated to be less than 1 milligram (0.000035 ounce). It is found most commonly in the kidneys, spleen, lungs, testes, and bones.

Function of Vanadium in Our Body

Deficiency Symptoms of Vanadium

  • Hypoglycemia, diabetes, increased dental cavities, elevated triglycerides, elevated cholesterol, chest pain, coughing, wheezing, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Obesity.

Natural Food Sources of Vanadium

Corn, buckwheat, garlic, blackpepper, wheat whole, radish, olive oil, apples, green beans, cabbage, carrot, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, olives, beet root, peanut, parsley, dill, Snap beans, sunflower oil, lettuce and plum

Since vanadium can be a relatively toxic mineral, its use as a dietary supplement should be limited to dosages reflective of dietary intake (e.g., 500 – 1,000 mcg daily). The major concern is that excessive levels of vanadium have been suggested to be a factor in manic depression, as increased levels of vanadium are found in hair samples from manic patients, and these values fall towards normal levels with recovery.

PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid) : The Vitamin that functions in the breakdown and utilization of proteins and in the formation of blood cells.

PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid)  is also a member of Vitamin B group.  It is necessary for maintaining the reproductive glands and organs, maintaining natural hair color, fighting bacteria and for the protection from sunburns and other burns.  Aids healthy bacteria in producing folic acid; aids in the formation of red blood cells and aids in the assimilation of Pantothenic acid. PABA enhances the effects of cortisone, estrogen, and other hormones through a delaying effect in the liver. It prevents accumulation of abnormal fibrous tissue.

Functions of PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid) in Our Body

  •  It is essential for the growth of micro-organisms.
  • It prevents the bacteriostatic properties of the drug since it has similar chemical structure as that of sulphonamides.
  • It forms a portion of folic acid.
  • It is found effective in combination with Inositol and Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B-5) to check premature hair graying, and changing back to black color of the hair.
  • May treat arthritis
  • may prevent accumulation of abnormal fibrous tissue
  • as been used, together with biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and sometimes vitamin E, to restore hair
  • early studies show may help treat vitiligo (loss of color or pigmentation in some areas of skin)
  • It is seen that it can provide beneficial effects in women who are suffering from infertility.
  • Other diseases which can be treated by PABA oral use include dermatomyositis, pemphigus, lymphoblastoma cutis, and morphea.
  • Its deficiency can be responsible for achromotrichia in man due to change in intestinal micro flora.
  • Irritability.
  • Nervousness
  • Patchy areas of white skin.
  • Depression
  • Fatigue.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders.
  • premature wrinkling of skin
  • frequent headaches

Best food source

Asparagus, broccoli, dark leafy vegetable, mushrooms,  root vegetable, sprouts,  sunflower seeds, spinach and  wheat .

Chromium : An essential micronutrient responsible for carbohydrate, fat metabolism and helps in the prevention of diabetes.

Chromium is necessary for glucose tolerance and sugar regulation within the body. Chromium is essential for the catabolism of carbohydrates and fats. It increases the biological action of insulin, thus promoting the use of glucose by the body cells and tissues as their energy source. It indirectly helps to maintain the blood glucose level. Considering this, chromium supplement, for example, chromium picolinate is used for managing the symptoms of diabetes and insulin resistance.

Chromium helps in activation of several enzymes that are necessary for carrying out various metabolic processes. According to research, chromium enhances the production of fatty acids and good cholesterol. Thus, chromium, if provided in adequate amounts, can help in preventing high blood pressure.   It chromium plays an important part in cardiovascular health. It reduces low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol levels and increases the levels of High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol. Chromium also lowers triglyceride levels.

Chromium in the body helps to fight against hypoglycemia, obesity, psoriasis, type 2 diabetes and acne. Chromium can work as an anti-depressant. It gives relief from depression and helps to ease the mood.

Benefits of Including Chromium

Before taking a look at the benefits of including natural sources of chromium, you need to be aware that dietary chromium is quite different from industrial chromium. This form of chromium, which is hexavalent chromium is toxic in nature and can cause havoc to the health of the individual. On the other hand, trivalent chromium or dietary chromium is necessary for a number of functions and also for the overall development of the body.

  • Chromium in healthy amounts helps in the regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol, and also keeps a check on their levels, dissuading from rising.
  • Adequate amounts of this mineral helps in the synthesis of cholesterol and fatty acid, which contribute to the proper functioning of the brain and other organs.
  • Individuals suffering from diabetes are known to benefit from taking prescribed amounts of chromium in the form of diet or supplements. This is because chromium is effective in the metabolism (or breakdown) of insulin.
  • This mineral is also necessary to maintain optimal weight of the body and also helps increase the lean muscle mass. It also improves the transfer of glucose from the blood to the cells for the release of energy.
  • Chromium triggers the production of good cholesterol (or HDL), thereby reducing the level of LDL (or bad cholesterol). This in turn prevents the occurrence cardiovascular diseases.
  • Another health benefit of chromium is that it keeps a check on the blood pressure and reduces the risk of a stroke or a heart attack. It also prevents the occurrence of atherosclerosis, which is a result of accumulation of plaque in the blood vessels.

 deficiency symptoms for chromium

Dietary deficiency of chromium is believed to be widespread in the United States, a consequence of food processing methods that remove most of the naturally occurring chromium from commonly consumed foods. Chromium deficiency leads to insulin resistance, a condition in which the cells of the body do not respond to the presence of insulin. Insulin resistance can lead to elevated blood levels of insulin (hyperinsulinemia) and elevated blood levels of glucose, which can ultimately cause heart disease and/or diabetes.

In fact, even mild dietary deficiency of chromium is associated with a medical condition known as Syndrome X. Syndrome X represents a constellation of symptoms, including hyperinsulinemia, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, high blood sugar levels, and low HDL cholesterol levels, that increase one’s risk for heart disease.


Best Natural Sources of Chromium (Broccoli, Beets, Green beans, Corn, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes, Spinach, Mushrooms, Potatoes with skin, Romaine lettuce, Onions, Green peppers, Fresh chili, Dulse (a type of seaweed), Green leafy vegetable, Asparagus, Dried beans, Wheat germBlack strap molasses, Rye, Wheat, Apples, Bananas,  Basil leaves, Grapes, Prunes, Nuts, Garlic, Black pepper, Catnip, Mushrooms,  Thyme, Licorice, Oat straw, Horsetail, Sarsaparilla, Wild yam, Yarrow, Red clover)