60 capsules Reduces body fat and cholesterol, Stabilizes blood sugar, Build lean muscle.
The essential trace element chromium has been shown to normalize blood sugar, reduce blood fats and play a key role in protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
Recently, supplementation with chromium picolinate has also been shown to enhance body building programs by increasing lean muscle mass and decreasing the percentage of body fat. Chromium is also involved in protein synthesis, possibly through its binding action with RNA. This essential nutrient shows promise for athletes as a safe, effective substitute for dangerous and illegal anabolic steroids.
Anabolic steroids continue to be used by athletes who are willing to sacrifice long term health for short term achievement. Known side effects of anabolic steroids include gynecomastia in males, decreased libido, increased aggression, decreased HDL cholesterol, testicular atrophy, oligospermia, increased acne, accelerated balding and closure of epiphysis, precocious puberty, and in women increased facial hair, deepening of the voice and clitoral hypertrophy.
Organic Chromium, Insulin and Muscle Building
In two back-to-back anabolic studies, both placebo controlled and double-blind, young athletes gained significantly more muscle while taking 200 mcg. of chromium picolinate than did controls taking a placebo. Moreover, they lost 22 percent of their body fat versus only 6% in the controls. Subsequent studies have confirmed these findings in both humans (even in non-athletes) and animals.
Organic chromium, an active ingredient in GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor), enhances the effects of insulin and insures its efficient use. In addition to regulating blood sugar, insulin facilitates the entrance of other carbohydrates and amino acids through cell membranes and influences blood levels of other hormones.
Insulin promotes the development of skeletal muscles in at least three ways:
Promotes intracellular uptake of free amino acids from the blood.
Increases the rate of protein synthesis.
Decreases the rate of protein degradation.
Biologically active chromium is needed in optimal amounts to produce the GTF needed to transport amino acids into the muscle cells.
Stabilizing Effect of Chromium on Blood Sugar Abnormalities.
Because of its insulin enhancing effects, chromium picolinate has been used as an aid in controlling both hypoglycemia and diabetes.
In a double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover study, diabetics taking 200 mcg. of chromium picolinate daily demonstrated highly significant decreases in both blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin (a pernicious substance indicated in the aging process).
Many researchers believe that GTF unmasks blocking factors from the insulin receptors, thereby holding more insulin on the membrane. In other words, GTF allows more of the insulin in the blood to be put to work at each cell. Therefore, the same amount of available insulin actually becomes more working insulin.
Chromium Reduces Cholesterol and Arterial Plaque
A recent clinical trial using 200 mcg. daily of chromium picolinate found that in less than two months, both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol could be lowered by more than 10%.
A number of studies have shown that GTF chromium reduces blood cholesterol levels, improves the ratio of HDL (good) to LDL (bad) cholesterol, thereby helping to maintain arteries free of deposits.
Angiogram studies show that people with good blood levels of chromium have little evidence of arterial plaque, while persons with low blood chromium levels have a high incidence of arterial plaque.
Chromium: The Nutrient Most Likely to Be Deficient
Studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that 9 out of 10 Americans may be getting less than the minimal 50 mcg. of chromium daily, although chromium deficiency rarely occurs in other countries.
Americans are more likely to be to be deficient in chromium than any other vitamin or mineral. Several factors contribute to chromium deficiency in Americans.
Chromium is lost when food is refined.
The typical American diet, high in sugar and refined carbohydrates is another contributing factor.Tests have shown that blood chromium drops greatly when 60 grams of glucose are administered.
Only about 3% or less of the chromium in most foods is retained by the body.
Viral infections can cause blood chromium levels to drop dramatically.
Vigorous exercise depletes chromium stores. Athletes in intense training use chromium at twice the rate of sedentary persons.
Picolinic Acid Dramatically Increases Chromium Absorption
Picolinic acid, which occurs naturally within the body, has been found to be the most effective chelator of metal ions. Chromium picolinate is 10 times more absorbable than chromium chloride used in many vitamin/mineral supplements and many times more absorbable than the chromium found in most foods.