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Dr. OZ: Chromium Polynicotinate, Blood Sugar, And Cravings

Sugar is addictive!  Maybe more addictive than cocaine.  In one study, animals chose sugar water over intravenous cocaine, and even cocaine addicted animals switched over to sugar the first chance they got.  Sugar stimulates the same pleasure centers of the brain as illegal drugs.  Just like a drug, repeated exposure can lead to cravings.

Sugar feels good, at least for a time, and for good reason.  Our distant ancestors had to consume every bit of honey and fruit they could get their hands on, lest they starve.  This must have been particularly true in women, who had to accumulate enough body fat to carry a pregnancy.  Perhaps this is why women tend to have more sugar cravings than men.

Can Chromium Polynicotinate Help With Cravings?

Chromium polynicotinate, known also as ChromeMate, is generally regarded as the most bioavailable form of chromium.  This form of the mineral has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation.   When you have eaten too much sugar to frequently, your body stops being able to regulate blood sugar as well as it used to.

Good blood sugar management means that the insulin in your body does a bang up job shuttling blood sugar inside your cells to be made into energy.  When your blood sugar management is subpar, your ability to make energy from the food you eat takes a hit.  This situation creates a curious set of effects that includes weight gain, excessive cravings, and blood sugar dysregulation.

The Research

In a study of 42 overweight women, 1000 mcg chromium per day improved blood sugar management, and reduced food intake, hunger and cravings all day.  The women in the study trended towards weight loss.

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J Inorg Biochem 2008.   Diabetes Technol Ther 2008.

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