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Applications: Involved in glucose metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, proteins and fats. The average American diet can be chromium deficient, a fact which has been linked to high rates of hypoglycemia and diabetes.

Sources: Whole grains, meats.

Interactions: Eating diet high in refined and processed foods can result in a chromium deficiency. Taking antacids and calcium carbonate may interfere with chromium absorption.

Recommendations: Picolinate and GTF forms of chromium are thought to be more absorbable and effective.

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