Severe Chromium Deficiency Today
III. SOURCES OF CHROMIUM
Chromium Excess and Toxicity
Chromium And Hair Mineral Analysis
Chromium is a fascinating and very important trace mineral.??The word?chromium?means colored in Latin, similar to words such as?chromaphores, chromatograph, and others.??Some chromium compounds have a bright yellow color, which is used to make yellow pigments in some paints.
Sexual orientation.??Chromium is considered a?male?mineral, and may have more importance for men.
The brilliance.??Dr. Joseph?Scogna?calls chromium?the brilliance?for at least two reasons.??First, in some forms, it has a brilliant reflective surface.??This is used widely in industry to give products such as automobile bumpers a beautiful, shiny, and brilliant appearance.
Chromium is also the brilliance because it is associated with wisdom and knowledge.??People who are wiser tend to have more chromium in the bodies, although I don?t know the exact reason for this.
Relation to other elements.??An element that is opposite of chromium is?zinc.??Zinc is a stabilizer and buffer.??Chromium is an activator, associated with?proper handling of sugar, which is a major fuel for our bodies.
Chromium and?nickel?share some properties that are interesting.??Both:
-?can?form very hard surfaces and are used widely for plating for this reason.
-?are?required to make iron into steel.
-?can?take on a shiny surface, although chromium is much brighter than nickel.??Nickel is used as a substitute for silver in some costume jewelry.
-?are?very toxic in some forms.
-?can?exist in an oxide form, which we call the ?amigos?.
However, chromium is a very critical mineral for health, whereas nickel is not, and does not appear to have any important nutritional value.
Third tetra.??In development, chromium is the beginning of the third tetra of elements.??This tetra also includes selenium, boron and vanadium.
Insulin and chromium.??Chromium, along with zinc, manganese, copper and a few other trace minerals, is needed for blood sugar regulation.??Without it, people crave sweets and may become diabetic, according to some researchers.
Alkalinity and chromium.??Chromium is also one of the most important alkaline-forming elements.??Its presence in adequate quantity helps assure that the pH of the blood and the tissues will be optimal.
SEVERE CHROMIUM DEFICIENCY TODAY
Chromium deficiency is almost universal today, and usually becomes worse with age.????We are witnessing an epidemic of ailments related to chromium deficiency.??The symptoms include:
Elevated serum cholesterol
Possibly food cravings or sweet cravings
Causes for chromium deficiency:
Iron enrichment of flour also damages the digestive tract, further impairing chromium absorption.
Roles by body system:
Circulatory?- serum cholesterol regulation
Digestive?- sugar and carbohydrate utilization (via insulin)
Nervous?- maintenance of nervous system by regulation of blood sugar
Eyes?- corneal clarity
Muscular?- supplies energy for muscular contraction
Skeletal?- essential component of bones and hair
Protective?- immune system (via insulin)
Metabolic?- fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism regulation
METALLOENZYMES THAT REQUIRE CHROMIUM
Phosphoglucomutase?- glucose metabolism
III. SOURCES OF CHROMIUM
RECOMMENDED FOOD SOURCES
Meats?- egg yolk, meats contain a little
Dairy?- some cheeses
Miscellaneous?- brewer’s yeast, molasses
For this reason, I always recommend that it be supplemented, usually in one?s multi-vitamin mineral supplement.
????????????The form of chromium most often used is?a?chelated?chromium, which means the chromium is essentially cooked with a mixture of amino acids.??This makes the chromium far more?bioavailable?or usable by the body.??Other good chromium supplements are yeast-based chromium, also called GTF chromium, and chromium?picolinate.
????????????A common amount of supplementation is 600 mcg daily or 0.6 mg daily for adults.
????????????An important aspect of chromium metabolism in human beings and in animals is that chromium can be present in the form of an oxide.??We call this ?amigo chromium?, because it is often found along with its ?friends? ? oxide forms of iron, manganese and aluminum.
The oxide form of chromium and some other elements seems to have an adaptive purpose – to help stimulate adrenal glandular activity when the adrenals are weak.??It is a somewhat toxic form of chromium that probably does not participate in most chromium-dependent enzymes.??It also acts an oxidant, irritating and damaging the tissues and contributing to inflammation.
Removing amigo chromium is not easy.??Chelation, homeopathy, and most nutritional methods will not remove it.??However, a complete development program will cause its removal, at which time the hair chromium level may temporarily rise very high.??Several years or more on a development program are often required for its removal.
CHROMIUM EXCESS SYMPTOMS
????????????Some forms of chromium, especially chromium-6 (or?hexavalent?chromium) and oxide forms of?chromium,?are extremely toxic.??Hexavalent?chromium is an industrial?pollutants, and fortunately is not usually found in foods.??Symptoms of chromium toxicity, usually from occupational exposure, include:
Calcium deficiency,?Possibly?iron deficiency
Nausea, Vomiting, Ulcers, Fatigue
glucose, magnesium, vitamin B6, zinc, manganese
Absorption?- iron, manganese, zinc, vanadium,?phytates
????????????Coming?alive?pattern and chromium elimination. ?When toxic chromium is eliminated from the body through a properly designed development program, it can help to create a coming alive pattern.
High hair tissue chromium:
Low hair tissue chromium:
TOXIC FORM OF CHROMIUM MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH SADNESS
????????????High amounts of toxic chromium in the brain, perhaps?a?hexavalent?chromium, may be associated with feelings of sadness.??The toxicity of?hexavalent?chromium is well known.??However, I was not aware that it is associated with any particular emotional state.??As this toxic form of chromium is eliminated, feelings of sadness may go away.