Best supplements for diabetes: The mineral proven to regulate blood glucose levels
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition in the UK which can be caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. Left untreated, it can lead to problems with the eyes and kidneys, and even heart attack and stroke. Limiting certain foods is one recommendation to control type 2 diabetes and to prevent it. As part of this, experts have recommended making sure your levels in a certain mineral known as chromium are topped up.
A number of studies have suggested chromium can help regulate blood glucose levels.
A 2012 study carried out by the USA’s University of Wyoming found chromium helps blood glucose levels by boosting the actions of insulin – the hormone responsible for regulating the release of glucose into the cells.
In 2003 a study published in Nutrition Research Reviews reported that the type of chromium used in supplements – chromium picolinate – is able to curb insulin resistance, which can be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Holland & Barrett explains what chromium is: “Chromium is a trace mineral, which means your body needs it in tiny amounts.
“It plays an important role in turning the food we eat into energy.
“Chromium can’t made by our bodies, so we must get it from our food.
“Good sources include broccoli, potatoes and wholegrain. Most people get all they need from their diet.”
As well as in food, chromium is available as chromium picolinate in tablets and can also be found in multivitamins.
The health store adds: “Chromium is needed to break down protein, fat and carbohydrate into energy and to control blood glucose levels.
“Chromium helps regulate blood glucose levels by boosting the actions of insulin – the hormone regulating the release of glucose into your cells, according to a 2012 study by the USA’s University of Wyoming.”
Adults should have up to 25 mcg of chromium a day, according to the NHS.