Chromium and glucose tolerance factor

Since there are a number of federally funded research studies dealing with chromium supplementation and blood glucose levels (see other posts under “Chromium” on this blog), we’d be very interested in hearing about the experience of our members in using this product.

Jarrow Chromium GTF
Here’s an extract of the manufacturer’s product description:


Chromium GTF (Jarrow) Each bottle, 100 caps. Each capsule, 200 mcg of chromium (in a food matrix of 100 mg of Saccharomyces cerevisiae nutritional yeast).


Chromium has been shown to be deficient in populations that consume high carbohydrate diets and especially high in simple sugars. Chromium is an important component in eliciting the glucose tolerance factor (GTF) action upon serum glucose and more importantly enhancing the effectiveness of insulin in glucose disposal into the cell. This makes sense. The more carbs you eat, the more your body will need the chromium to manage them. This could help offset the losses of chromium used up in that effort to take care of the carbs. Of course, this points to another logical step: reduce carb intake!! Check out the glycemic index of the foods you eat and focus on those with lower numbers. This index tells you how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. Check out the URL below for more information on the glycemic index:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates.html

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