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Chromium Picolinate Mega, 100 Capsules by TWINLAB
What is Chromium Picolinate?
Chromium is a trace element. It is required by your body for the normal metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that you eat. Chromium is essential for the normal functioning of the insulin in your body. And Insulin in turn regulates this metabolism.
Around 1982, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stumbled upon and patented chromium picolinate. One of the benefits of chromium picolinate is that it is the biologically active form of chromium.
Can the Benefits of Chromium Picolinate Help to Keep You From Getting Type 2 (or Age-Onset) Diabetes? Can It Help Treat Your Diabetes If You Already Have It?
Experts estimate that over 95 million people in the United States have developed some degree of what's called insulin resistance. Furthermore, this insulin resistance has already developed into type 2 diabetes for over 17 million of these folks.
Insulin is what our cells absolutely require in order to process carbohydrates (sugars and starches), fats, and proteins. Insulin resistance is when the cells of our body develop a resistance to the effects of insulin. Insulin resistance tends to occur as we get older and as we gain weight.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is always preceded by insulin resistance and is characterized by high blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes can cause all sorts of chronic health problems such as blindness, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke.
Recently, some impressive results concerning the benefits of chromium picolinate in controlling diabetes were reported in 'Diabetes', an official publication of the American Diabetes Association.
The trial was conducted by folks at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction with folks from the Beijing Medical University in Beijing, China.
Reporting on the benefits of chromium picolinate, proven during this trial, Jay Skyler, MD, former President of the American Diabetes Association and currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Medical School said:
"The most compelling result of this trial is the magnitude of the glucose-lowering effect seen with chromium picolinate. This is comparable to- or better than-that seen with most medications approved for the treatment of type II diabetes in the U.S." Dr. Skyler continued: "Chromium picolinate supplementation is easy, effective and safe and ought to be a consideration for most patients with adult-onset diabetes."
As a matter of fact, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued what was called a "favorable response" to a health claim made for the benefits of chromium picolinate in helping to treat type 2 diabetes.