Wow. Did you know that Glucose Tolerance Formula Chromium (GTF) is an amazing nutrient that protects your health? And the neat thing is you make it inside of your own body.
Chromium deficiency has been known for decades to be a common contributor to heart disease and diabetes. Deficiency leads to impaired lipid and glucide metabolism, and this results in high circulating insulin levels, and chromium deficiency is a primary risk factor in cardiovascular disease.
Studies also show that GTF Chromium helps control appetite, hypoglycemia, cholesterol, and assists protein uptake. It also has been shown to slow the aging process.
Make Your Own
You make GTF Chromium in your body from the mineral chromium using vitamin B3 Niacin or tryptophan, and from amino acids (your liver converts tryptophan from high-protein foods like meats and milk into niacin). Actually, the only dietary role for chromium is its conversion into GTF.
Refined foods deplete chromium, so as the years go by, modern diets continue to deplete whatever chromium you have left in your body until it’s gone. The refining process removes a great deal of natural chromium. Typically, refined foods contain only 1/10 of the chromium found in whole foods.
Chromium is a trace element, and it is concentrated in the bran and germ of grains, which is stripped away during the refining processs.
Now, you’re looking at an increase in heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and impaired protein metabolism.
One of the biggest things GTF Chromium does is help insulin control your blood sugar (glucose).
What Does Insulin Do?
Insulin reduces high blood sugar by:
- opening passageways in your cells that allows chemicals to be released to let blood sugar into your cells
- once inside the cells, the sugar is burned for energy and converted to fat
Rapid increases in blood sugar commonly result from eating refined carbohydrates.
When you eat junk foods and processed carbs, your body secretes a higher amount of insulin and GTF. The insulin circulates in your bloodstream, but the GTF gets kicked out of your body through your kidneys. Hence, if your diet is filled with unhealthy carbs, you should probably supplement with extra GTF chromium.
Low chromium levels increase blood cholesterol and stimulate the buildup of fatty tissue (plaque) in the aorta. As early as 1980, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 33:2294-2298 documented that chromium deficiency is an important factor in the cause of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.
To reverse or prevent cholesterol deposits takes more than merely lowering your blood cholesterol levels. It’s typically assumed that “the fix” is using statins and cholesterol meds. But a more natural key to success just might be increasing the cholesterol carrier (which is chromium) that scavenges cholesterol and carries it back to the liver for excretion.
How HDL And LDL Work With GTF
There are two main carriers of cholesterol:
- LDL (low-density lipoprotein) delivers cholesterol from your liver to your cells throughout your body
- HDL (high-density lipoprotein) scavenges your body for unused cholesterol, and returns it to your liver for removal
The higher HDL to LDL, the better because you won’t have a build-up of cholesterol in your artery walls. And guess what?
Chromium increases your HDL level.
- eat a whole foods diet
- exercise – move your body and break a sweat
- add extra GTF to your dietary regimen
- Vegetables – broccoli, potatoes, and green beans
- Whole grains, including cereals
- Meat – beef and poultry
- Fruits – apples, grapes and bananas
- Milk and dairy products
- Fish, including shellfish
Funny how something so simple can do so much good.
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