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Minerals - Chromium 200 mcg (ChromeMate® GTF) Veg Tabs (120 Count)

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    • Chromium is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in glucose, carbohydrate, protein, and fat utilization and metabolism!
    • Our Chromium supplement..

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    Quick Notes:

    • Chromium is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in glucose, carbohydrate, protein, and fat utilization and metabolism!
    • Our Chromium supplement utilizes ChromeMate, a unique oxygen-coordinated niacin-bound chromium complex!
    • ChromeMate has been shown to be safer and more effective than other forms of chromium tested including chromium picolinate!
    • Chromium is required to release energy from glucose. Essential for the GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor) cofactor for insulin!
    • Helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels for individuals with blood sugar levels in already normal range!
    • Superior bioavailable form of chromium - absorb more chromium!
    • Vegetarian!
       

    Overview:

    Our Chromium Picolinate 200mcg is available in vegetarian tablets.

    Chromium was discovered in 1950s and is an essential trace mineral for human nutrition. Chromium plays an important role sugar metabolism and its regulation. The human body only contains a few milligrams of chromium yet this small quantity plays a vital role in functions such as: regulation of blood sugar levels, activation of various enzymes for energy production, and optimization of insulin.

    Many Americans may be chromium deficient due to inadequate consumption from the diet. Due to the high prevalence of metabolic issues existing in the United States, chromium may be required more than ever. Large intakes of refined carbohydrates and strenuous exercise can actually deplete chromium stores in the body. Chromium works closely with insulin to help cells utilize glucose (blood sugar). That is why it is important to supplement with Chromium Polynicotinate. Those with blood sugar issues should consult their health care practitioner before using this product.

    Good dietary sources of this mineral include whole grain breads, cereals, lean meats, cheeses, nutritional yeast, and herbs (e.g. black pepper, and thyme). 
     

    Research Indicates:

    • Chromium works with insulin and is essential for controlling blood sugar levels
    • May help support healthy weight maintenance
    • A recent study indicates a role in supporting healthy cholesterol balance
    • Studies suggest that chromium supplementation may support healthy vision
    • Research indicates that patients with coronary heart disease have significantly lower chromium levels than healthy people

    Ingredients

    Chromium

    Chromium Polynicotinate

    Minerals

    Niacin

    Suggested Use: Take 1 tablet daily with food.

    Storage:

    Keep in a cool, dry place.

    Allergy Warnings:

    This product is contraindicated for individuals with hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

    Interactions:

    • There are no reports of toxicity associated with Chromium Picolinate.

    • Everyone has unique body chemistry. All patients should be aware of potential drug and supplement interaction. You are encouraged to consult with your primary health care professional before taking any supplement product.

    Pregnancy Warning:

    If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health condition, or are taking any medications please consult with your health care practitioner before using this product.

    Keep out of reach of children.

    Disclaimer:

    • The following scientific literature references, articles, and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    • Information about this product is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
    THANKS!
    1.     Yazaki Y, Faridi Z, Ma Y, et al. A pilot study of chromium picolinate for weight loss. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Mar;16(3):291.

    2.     Diaz ML, Watkins BA, Li Y, et al. Chromium picolinate and conjugated linoleic acid do not synergistically influence diet- and exercise-induced changes in body composition and health indexes in overweight women. J Nutr Biochem. 2007 May 23. [Epub ahead of print]

    3.     Albarracin CA, Fuqua BC, Evans JL, et al. Chromium picolinate and biotin combination improves glucose metabolism in treated, uncontrolled overweight to obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2007 May 16. [Epub ahead of print]

    4.     Martin J, Wang ZQ, Zhang XH, et al. Chromium picolinate supplementation attenuates body weight gain and increases insulin sensitivity in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2006;29:1826-32.

    5.     Lucidi RS, Thyer AC, Easton CA, et al. Effect of chromium supplementation on insulin resistance and ovarian and menstrual cyclicity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2005;84:1755-1757.

    6.     Houweling ST, Kleefstra N, Jansman GA, et al. Effects of chromium treatment in patients with poorly controlled, insulin-treated type 2 diabetes mellitus [abstract]. 18th International Diabetes Federation Congress; August 24-29, 2003; Paris, France.

    7.     Ghosh D, Bhattacharya B, Mukherjee B, et al. Role of chromium supplementation in Indians with type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Nutr Biochem. 2002;13:690-697.

    8.     Preuss HG, Wallerstedt D, Talpur N, et al. Effects of niacin-bound chromium and grape seed proanthocyanidin extract on the lipid profile of hypercholesterolemic subjects: a pilot study. J Med. 2000;31:227-246.

    9.     Bahijiri SM, Mira SA, Mufti AM, et al. The effects of inorganic chromium and brewer's yeast supplementation on glucose tolerance, serum lipids and drug dosage in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Saudi Med J. 2000;21:831-837.

    10.  Ravina A, Slezak L, Mirsky N, et al. Reversal of corticosteroid-induced diabetes mellitis with supplemental chromium. Diabet Med. 1999;16:164-167.

    11.  Anderson RA, Cheng N, Bryden NA, et al. Elevated intakes of supplemental chromium improve glucose and insulin variables in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes. 1997;46:1786-1791.

    12.  Mertz W. Chromium in human nutrition: a review. J Nutr. 1993;123:626-633.

    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions - Minerals

    • What are minerals?

      A mineral is a class of naturally occurring compounds that do not have a carbon basis. Minerals make up 60-80% of all the inorganic or non-carbon-containing material in the body. Dietary minerals help ensure the body works properly. Minerals not only build skeletal and soft tissues, they also regulate processes such as heartbeat, blood clotting, fluid pressure, nerves, muscle contractions, oxygen transport, pH balance, enzyme, and hormone systems.

       

      Minerals fall into two categories: macro minerals and micro minerals.  There are seven macro minerals: calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur.  They are present in virtually every cell in the body. The body requires a minimum of 100 milligrams (mg) of each per day for normal functioning and well-being.  

       

      Micro minerals are also described as trace minerals. They are required in smaller quantities; typically less than 100 mg per day. A few examples of micro minerals include chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc.  

    • What is an Amino Acid Chelate?

      In 1999, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Günter Blobel. Dr. Blobel’s dissertation stated that minerals require protein chaperones for optimal bioavailability and assimilation. Amino acid chelates are minerals that are bound to amino acids for improved bioavailability. The chelate molecules effectively push the mineral into the blood stream similar to food.

      Amino acids cross the intestinal wall with relative ease. By connecting the mineral to an amino acid it improves bioavailability. The amino acid is able to transport the mineral across the intestinal lining into the body, so it can be effectively utilized. 

    • What is Calcium and What Does it Do?

      Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium helps muscles contractions, nerve signaling, and blood clotting. About 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Each day, we lose calcium through our bodies that we can only replace with dietary sources. When we do not consume enough calcium for our body’s needs, it is taken from our bones.

       

      Many Americans do not get the proper amount of calcium they require daily which can lead to bone loss, low bone density, and even broken bones.

       

    • How Much Calcium Do You Need?

      The amount of calcium you need every day depends on your age and sex.

       

      Women

      Age 50 & younger

      1,000 mg* daily

      Age 51 & older

      1,200 mg* daily

       

      Men

      Age 70 & younger

      1,000 mg* daily

      Age 71 & older

      1,200 mg* daily

      *This includes the total amount of calcium you get from food and supplements

    • Why are vitamin D, betaine and glutamic acid in Cal-Mag-Zinc?

      Vitamin D increases calcium absorption. Betaine and glutamic acid provide assistance for proper breakdown and utilization of calcium

    • What is the Calcium and Vitamin D relationship?

      Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium. Most calcium supplements contain some vitamin D.

    • What is betaine HCl?

      Betaine is a metabolite of choline. It donates methyl groups, which can be important for vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) absorption and DNA and homocysteine metabolism. Betaine HCl is betaine with hydrochloride added to help ionize calcium for absorption.

    • What are the vegetable sources of the stearates in the Cal-Mag-Zinc Tabs?

      The calcium stearate is from limestone and the stearic acid is from palm kernel oil.

    • What citrus fruit flavors the Chewable Calcium?

      The citrus flavor is derived from oranges and pomelo (a type of citrus fruit)?

    • What are the sources of Cal-Mag Citrate Complex?

      As listed on the label, the calcium sources are the following: citrate is from citrus fruit and ascorbate is from calcium ascorbate.

       

      The calcium source in ascorbate is carbonate, which is derived from highly purified limestone. The starting material of ascorbate is dextrose, which is isolated from corn. Dextrose is converted to ascorbic acid through many steps. One important purifying step called crystallization removes all possible impurities and antigens. The carbonate is then bound to ascorbic acid to form calcium ascorbate. It is a highly absorbable form of calcium that provides vitamin C as a carrier.

       

      Note: For all our products that contain carbonate as a source of calcium, the carbonate is derived from highly purified limestone.

    • Is calcium carbonate well absorbed?

      Both the carbonate and citrate forms are similarly well absorbed, but individuals with reduced levels of stomach acid can absorb calcium citrate more easily. The body absorbs calcium carbonate most efficiently when the supplement is consumed with food. The percentage of calcium absorbed depends on the total amount of elemental calcium consumed at one time; as the amount increases, the percentage absorption decreases. Absorption is highest in doses ≤500 mg

    • Is it normal for the Cal-Mag-Zinc tabs to have a bad smell sometimes?

      The unpleasant odor is normal and does not imply an inferior product. Some of the more natural ingredients naturally are odorous. Nevertheless, our quality group takes substantial measures to ensure your materials are within specification for yeast, mold, and several other microbiological contaminants.

       

    • Can large doses of magnesium cause intestinal discomfort?

      Yes. Magnesium in large doses may cause intestinal discomfort. We suggest taking smaller, more frequent doses of the magnesium product.

    • Why are there scuffing marks on the Cal-Mag Chelate Tabs and other mineral tablets?

      From time to time scuffing is observed in products that contain minerals. Whenever the tablet ejects from the manufacturing equipment, the contact/rubbing of the powder with the die can causes a grayish streak. All vitamin manufactures have this issue, but most cover it up with a synthetic coating. We prefer natural tablets over synthetic coatings.

    • Why are there only 99 mg of potassium in the Potassium Tabs, 99 mg?

      Because potassium is readily available in common foods, too much supplemental potassium could cause a person to become hyperkalemic, which just means a blood potassium level that is too high. This stresses the kidneys because they are trying to excrete the potassium to keep the body in homeostasis (balance); and because potassium is an electrolyte, hyperkalemia can cause dangerously low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. So because the side effects of too much potassium can be dangerous and life threatening, the FDA regulates how much can be consumed in supplements as 99 mg/serving, and higher doses require a doctor’s supervision by prescription.

    • Is Chromium GTF more readily absorbed than Chromium Picolinate? Is there any reason to take one form over the other? What is the difference in the two?

      Just a little history first: in the 1950’s a form of chromium was found in brewer’s yeast called GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor) chromium and had been shown to lower plasma glucose levels in diabetic mice. This chromium form is also known as trivalent chromium, which has three chemical bonds formed by the atoms and according to studies, may provide better bioavailability although regular chromium picolinate has also been shown to be highly absorbed in the body and effective. Trivalent chromium is naturally found in egg yolks, whole grain products, brewer’s yeast, high-bran breakfast cereals, coffee, nuts, green beans, broccoli, meat, wine and beer. Chromium Picolinate is a salt of picolinic acid. Picolinic acid is made up of 6 carbons and niacin and acts as a “chelating” agent that bonds with the mineral chromium so it is absorbed properly in the body. It is important that they are paired together so good absorption takes place.

                                 

    • Was there a recent change to the tablet size of the Chelated Magnesium Tabs?

      There was a change recently. The tablets used to look scuffed and appear gray and now we added a natural colorant and increased the cellulose so the tablets are larger with no scuffed or grey appearance.

       

    • Where is the potassium in Potassium Tabs, 99 mg derived? Does it come from seaweed?

      It is derived from earth mining, not seaweed. The raw potassium chloride is dissolved and the resulting brine is purified

    • Is there a link between high calcium intake and kidney stones?

      At one time it was thought that a high calcium intake contributed to the development of kidney stones. However, recent studies show that a high dietary calcium intake actually decreases the risk for kidney stones. One of the main factors of kidney stones is eating foods high in oxalic acid such as spinach, collard greens, sweet potatoes, rhubarb and beans. Another factor is reduced fluid consumption. A high dietary calcium intake does not reduce calcium absorption. What may nutritionally help prevent kidney stones is to take one of our calcium supplements with magnesium. Magnesium helps keep the calcium flowing in solution inside the kidneys, so it does not form deposits.

    • What is the source of the Chelated Iron?

      Iron chelate is the rice protein based generation of mineral chelates. Enzymatically digested rice protein is selected because of its favorable bio-sensitive properties and high ratio of essential amino acids. Other beneficial nutrients are also included in balanced ratios to improve reaction affinity and enhance nutritional applications, such as citric acid, aspartic acid and glycine. The iron sources are ferrous fumarate and ferrous sulfate.

       

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