As we all know we can easily pop a pill to get the vitamins we “think” we need. But many of us know this is not the best way to ensure we’re getting the right level of essential vitamins and minerals. Just because you think you need vitamin C because you’ve have a cold don’t pop some pills. That may not be the vitamin you’re deficient in. You can easily book an appointment with your GP to have tests run to find out your levels in certain essential vitamins – I would recommend doing this. And whilst you’re there get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked.
One mineral that is being thrown around a little at the moment is Chromium Picolinate. Now, you can get this from foods just like other vitamins and minerals.
So what is Chromium Picolinate?
It is a trace mineral found in various foods, you most probably eat already. In short it is works with insulin from your pancreas to support blood sugar levels which, if you’re looking for weight control, is a good supplement.
It helps to metabolise carbs and stop any crash cravings but it is NOT a diet pill.
What foods contain Chromium Picolinate?
This trace mineral is mainly found in meat and fish but also the following;
- Grape juice
- Whole grains
- Orange juice / oranges
- Banana and green beans
If you are diabetic is is recommended that you do not take this to help with insulin levels, and if you are researching to add this to your diet, please discuss with your GP first.
For those who are not diabetic and are lacking in the above food areas or with to help with crash sugar cravings, this is a great supplement to add to your diet. I only add this to my diet when I have been out of training for a couple of weeks, so when I go back I don’t pile on unwanted fat. I will usually take it for a month and then stop once my daily food intake is back to my Fat, Carb and Protein macros.
You can buy Chromium online, I get mine from Myprotein which is about £5 for 180 tablets – You only take 1 a day so they will last 180 days. Definitely value for money on these.