Diabetes is on the rise, but the food you eat can help you control your blood sugar. Diabetes is a serious disease that affects one in 10 adults in the United States. Diabetes (type 2) is characterized by a decreased sensitivity to insulin, the hormone that gets sugar into our cells so that it can be used for energy. While there is no definite cure yet, there are some preventative measures you can take to try to stay healthy. When we eat carbohydrates, blood sugar levels increase in the blood stream. Chromium, a mineral that’s needed in the body in trace amounts, appears to be directly involved with carbohydrate metabolism by playing a role in insulin sensitivity. The majority of research has shown that dietary supplementation of chromium is beneficial in moderating glucose levels by improving the insulin response. It may also have a positive impact on cholesterol levels.
The bottom line: The AI (adequate intake) is 35 mcg for males and 25 mcg for females. The most effective forms of chromium supplementation in the studies were brewer’s yeast, chromium picolinate and chromium chloride.
- Grape Juice
- Red Wine
- Brewer’s Yeast: One of the best sources of chromium is brewer’s yeast. Two tbsp. of brewer’s yeast helps meet your daily chromium needs
- Sweet Potatoes
- Whole Grains
- Meat and Seafood