What is Chromium?

Author: Alyce Cimino   Date Posted:12 June 2017 

Chromium is an essential trace mineral, which is a fancy way to say that we only require a tiny amount of the mineral, but that tiny amount plays a key role within the body. Chromium is an essential mineral for promoting and maintaining general health and wellbeing.

Soil testing has indicated that chromium tends to be slightly deficient in different areas of Australia, suggesting in addition to a wholefood diet some people may need to supplement with Chromium, under the support of their healthcare professional.

Chromium is a known to be a key constituent of Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF).  The Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) allows for easier transportation of amino acids, fatty acids and sugars (glucose) from the blood and into our cells. This means that the nutrients we consume are able to be utilised more effectively. It is this natural process which is essential for converting the food we consume into usable energy.


One of the key research areas for chromium is on its role and ability to aid the transportation of glucose from the blood and into the cells. This is so the glucose can be used for energy production and any leftover glucose that is no longer required by the body can be excreted effectively.

Chromium is also required for the metabolism of carbohydrates, sugars, fats and protein.

Below are some natural foods sources of chromium to add into your daily diet and to help support your chromium levels for general health and wellbeing:

  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Legumes
  • Spices
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Organic sourdough bread
  • Whole cracked wheat
  • Oysters  
  • Egg yolks
  • Butter
  • Fresh and seasonal produce



Written by Alyce Cimino

Alyce Cimino (BHSc Naturopathy) is a qualified Naturopath with a passion for nutrition, food as medicine and helping others achieve their health goals towards a happy and healthy lifestyle. Alyce believes health begins with delicious whole foods and in her spare time you can find her in the kitchen creating something deliciously healthy or at the beach enjoying the sunshine and ocean.

Alyce has a love for herbal teas, but all teas are better with a little raw cheesecake on the side.

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