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Chromium Helps Manage Your Weight and Protects Your Brain

Many of you already know that among the 16 books that I have written one of my most popular is on weight loss. In that book called Great Health, I call Chromium “willpower in a bottle”. That is because I have discovered that when Chromium levels are insufficient in the body, a person will crave more carbohydrates. Yet when Chromium is supplemented, the majority of my patients find sticking to a diet is so much easier, as carb cravings go down.

Now there is an entire new face to Chromium – a memorable one at that. It may just help us with protecting our memory as well. This is vitally important since the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that the lifetime risk of developing dementia by age 65 is approximately 20 percent for women and 17 percent for men.

So here is the good news: a study of 26 older adults gave them either Chromium picolinate supplementation or a placebo (dummy pill) for 12 weeks. The subjects were evaluated for depression and memory at the beginning of the study and again after the 12 weeks of supplementation.

The individuals receiving Chromium picolinate supplementation showed improvement on learning, recall and recognition memory tasks. In addition, the subjects supplemented with Chromium picolinate had increased activation in specific areas of the brain including the right thalamic, right temporal, right posterior parietal and bifrontal regions.

Don’t feel bad if that last sentence about the various parts of the brain is alphabet soup for non-medical folks. The researchers explain it below with a few more big words, yet let me translate it into simple English: the initial evidence suggests that daily Chromium can help protect the your brain performance. Or as they state: “These findings suggest that supplementation with Chromium picolinate can enhance cognitive inhibitory control and cerebral function in older adults at risk for neuro-degeneration.”

As I have said, I have found Chromium helpful in supporting healthy diet and lifestyle and now there is an extra big bonus – a potential tool for brain protection too.

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