Chromium is a trace mineral that is vital for the proper processing of energy in the body. It enhances glucose metabolism by increasing the effects of insulin. Pancreatic cells secrete insulin in response to carbohydrates and sugars.

Studies have shown that chromium can be effective in treating some types of depression and ease carbohydrate craving. Data also suggests it can play a role in slowing cognitive decline as you age, which makes some sense as poor sugar regulation leads to loss of volume in key brain areas related to memory and mood.

Reduced levels of chromium may promote the development of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Simple sugars, like sucrose and fructose, and refined carbohydrates can not only lack chromium, but promote the excretion of chromium.

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Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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