Chromium is a common supplement for people suffering from diabetes and metabolic diseases such as obesity. Chromium is an essential mineral found in different foods and can help with weight loss, controlling appetite, improving cognitive function, and improving energy2.
This is why we added the patented chromium picolinate Chromax® to MYOTREND BURN. The importance of using patented chromium in BURN is because Chromax® has 153 scientific studies, 44 US & global patents, and 35 supported claims making it one of the most researched patented ingredients on the market4. Myotrend’s goal for making BURN is to design a lifestyle product that you can either use as an energy drink, fat burner, or preworkout.
What can the addition of chromium do for your goals?
How will BURN maximize your lifestyle?
BURN is a multi-phase, multi-purpose supplement that can has five of the most researched and effective patented ingredients to help you maximize your lifestyle by
Increasing fat burning
Optimizing cognitive function
Increasing your body’s ability to use carbohydrates
But, what role does chromium play in all of this?
What does Chromium do?
As mentioned, Chromax® is a patented form of chromium picolinate. There are five main types of supplemental chromium including
Chromium found in Brewer’s yeast
Chromium citrate is shown to control blood sugar, blood lipids (fat), and liver glycogen in rats more effectively than another type of chromium not mentioned on the list above3.
However, chromium picolinate and Brewer’s yeast are the only effective chromium supplements for controlling blood sugar, blood lipids, and raising good HDL cholesterol1.
Chromax® chromium picolinate can decrease appetite, cravings for carbohydrates and the amount of food eaten by up to 374 calories per day4. Therefore, supplementing with chromium could help you lose around 0.5 pound per week.
How does Chromium work?
Cells use chromium to make insulin work more effectively. First, When you ingest carbohydrates and they are broken down into glucose. Next, this glucose stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas. Insulin allows glucose into cells to be used as energy. Lastly, chromium aids in this process by activating insulin receptors within the cells, bringing them to the surface allowing insulin to bind to the receptors.
The more insulin receptors you have on the cells, the less insulin you have to release to pull in carbohydrates. If your body has to release more insulin because cells have become resistant to its effects, it is known as insulin resistance. Therefore, supplementing with chromium reverses this effect.
If you are insulin resistant or consume too many carbohydrates, your body may not be able to bring the carbohydrates into cells. Although insulin brings carbohydrates into muscle, it can also bring them into fat. This means that if you release too much insulin, you could be storing carbohydrates in fat1.
In conclusion, chromium picolinate or Brewer’s yeast are great supplements if your goal is to improve weight loss efforts. Controlling blood sugar is important if your goal is losing weight because excess energy (carbohydrates) in the blood may lead to fat gain. In addition, to a great diet and exercise program, taking 200-1000 mcg of Chromax® chromium picolinate or 15g Brewer’s yeast (~16 mcg chromium) is a great option to maximize your goals.
- Balk, E. M., Tatsioni, A., Lichtenstein, A. H., Lau, J., & Pittas, A. G. (2007). Effect of chromium supplementation on glucose metabolism and lipids: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Diabetes care, 30(8), 2154-2163.
- Juturu, V., & Gormley, J. J. (2013). Chromium and Diabetes. In Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Diabetes (pp. 163-172).
- Li, F., Wu, X., Zhao, T., Zhang, M., Zhao, J., Mao, G., & Yang, L. (2011). Anti-diabetic properties of chromium citrate complex in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 25(4), 218-224.
- Nutrition 21. Chromax. Retrieved from https://nutrition21.com/item/chromax/