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 we 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.
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
Dysinsulinism or pre-diabetes
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
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.
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
Metabolic – glucagon
High hair tissue chromium:
Low hair tissue chromium: