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Old 12-21-2007, 04:40 AM
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Chromium Picolinate

Years ago I used to have terrible sugar cravings, and one day I bought some chromium picolinate. In a few weeks my sugar cravings were gone. I keep it on hand now but I keep forgetting to take it. I was only taking 200 mcg a day back then. I had also been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, but that is gone now. And while I don't take chromium as often now I do not crave sweets, but if they are in front of me, I will eat some, but not all like I used to do. Except to say, Don't put anything with ginger in front of me. I can't stop eating ginger whether it is crystalized or in cookies.

Insulin's little helper is the mineral chromium picolinate, which makes your body's cells more sensitive to the effects of insulin. Numerous studies have shown that taking chromium picolinate supplements can curb excessive levels of insulin and make insulin receptors more responsive to its effects. By way of analogy, chromium picolinate helps to reset your body ís insulin and blood sugar thermostat. Without the peaks and troughs of high and low blood sugar and the subsequent craving to increase blood sugar levels, you no longer have the instinctual urge to consume high carbohydrate foods.

In 2005, researchers put chromium to the test by giving 113 carbohydrate cravers either daily chromium picolinate supplements or placebo pills for eight weeks. At the end of the study, the participants receiving chromium picolinate (but not the placebo) had almost totally overcome their frequent sugar cravings. What's more, they also had lower overall daily food intake, meaning that they didn't compensate for their sugar cravings by eating more from other food groups. The dosage of chromium picolinate used in this study was 600 mcg per day (3 x 200 mcg tablets per day).
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Old 12-21-2007, 04:09 PM
Location: Branson, Missouri
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I started taking it a couple days ago and my cravings are dwindling off. I still like sweets but I'm not craving them like I was. I'm sure it will do more for me in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for posting this.
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Old 12-21-2007, 04:15 PM
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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Me too. I used to crash so bad I would shake like a leaf. I take 200 in the morning and 200 at night. Panax ginseng is another great supplement for controlling blood sugar.

I am surprised and disappointed that more people don't use these harmless supplements and would rather let their doctor put them on meds that have countless side affects.

Iam 46 and have sixpack abs. I do situps only once every two weeks. Everyone in my family is overwieght and has what the AMA calls "adult onset diabities). I am the only one who doesn't have this new "desease"
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Old 12-22-2007, 07:57 AM
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my dad had diabeties, but so far no one else has. I also know from takign chromiun that my glucose tolerance levels are normal. I am going to take my chromium religiously now. The good thing is that from taking it in the past when I go to a restaurant now I order a meal instead of dessert and I often don't get a dessert.
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