Low chromium levels: 8 signs you’ve lost your shine

Chromium is a tough metal that’s best known for its lustrous shine. But did you know that it could have the same effect on your health? When your chromium levels go out of tune, your natural spark will dim and you might not even know why.

In medical terms, chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in a whole host of your everyday functions. It’s not produced in the body, instead we rely on diet and supplements to get our levels just right. Raw chromium is stored in rocks and soil, and permeates through into foods such as yeast, potatoes and meats – it’s even in our water supply.

So, what does this wonder-metal do for my body?

Well, the short answer is that it has a bearing on all of the following body functions:

  • Blood sugar and diabetes control (burns calories, decreases sugar cravings, makes insulin work more efficiently)
  • Bone health (helps calcium retention, reduces bone loss and prevents osteoporosis, helps produce DHEA which is a steroid hormone)
  • Weight management (aids fat loss, stimulates muscle development, increases physical endurance)
  • Immune system health (boosts DHEA which protects against diseases, increases antibodies, lowers excess cortisol which is a stress hormone)

Its most important role is enabling the effective metabolisation of fats. While most research indicates a link between optimal chromium intake and healthy arteries, some studies have even identified that people who died from heart disease had reduced chromium levels at the time of death.    

Chromium is crucial for insulin-signalling pathways that determine our body’s ability to control sugar intake. This balances our blood/glucose levels and keeps energy levels stable, helping you to be your normal vibrant self.

The mineral can also protect our DNA, preventing the cell mutations that can lead to chronic disease, and chromium is also associated with longevity because of its role in metabolising fats, proteins, carbs and other nutritional compounds.

8 warning signs that you’re chromium deficient

Finding out that you’re deficient can be a tricky task, with many of the warning signs typically being put down to age or stress. These are the eight warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Elevated insulin levels or high blood sugar, or impaired glucose tolerance
  • Bone weakening
  • Low energy/fatigue, low concentration and poor memory
  • Poor skin and/or eye health
  • Mood changes and increased anxiety
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Increased injury healing time (e.g. wounds or post-surgery)

If you’re displaying any of these signs for a protracted period of time, speak to an expert in restorative medicine to find out how you can retune to your mineral balance.

What are the long-term effects of chromium deficiency?


It could increase your chances of becoming glucose-intolerant or insulin-resistant. Either of these would increase your likelihood of developing diabetes.

Weight gain

It could result in weight gain as you’d become unable to metabolise insulin. It also plays a role in hunger and carbohydrate cravings that is not yet fully understood.

Cognitive health

It would leave you feeling permanently fatigued and unable to think straight.

Skin and eye health

Chromium deficiency is likely to result in the onset of skin conditions such as acne. If the deficiency leads to the onset of diabetes, your chances of getting glaucoma would also increase.

Bone health

Chromium helps your body to retain calcium, preventing osteoporosis. A deficiency could make bones brittle, and is most prevalent amongst menopausal or postmenopausal women. If supplementing chromium, magnesium and vitamin D are also needed, to assist calcium absorption into your bones.

How to restore and maintain chromium levels naturally

Recommended chromium levels vary depending on your age, gender, weight, fitness and general health. If undertaking a course of restorative medicine, practitioners generally recommend a dosage between 50 and 200 micrograms daily, although a higher dosage can be used to treat a specific illness.

Here’s a breakdown of recommended chromium levels for demographics to get you started:

Teenagers (14 – 18 years) 35 micrograms (boys), 24 micrograms (girls)
Adults (19 – 50 years) 35 micrograms (boys), 25 micrograms (girls)
Pregnant/breastfeeding women 30 micrograms

There are two main ways to ensure that your levels remain balanced for optimal health; diet and supplements. Many everyday foods contain chromium, so don’t go throwing out all your recipe books just yet. Here’s some of the top performers:

Broccoli Pork chops (organic)
Grapes Calf’s liver (organic)
Potatoes Oysters, lobster tail
Garlic Scallops, shrimp
Basil Green pepper
Grass-fed Beef Pork chops (organic)
Oranges Fresh chilli
Turkey Carrots
Green Beans Eggs
Red Wine, Beer Spinach, cabbage
Apples Parsnips
Bananas Blueberries

Up to 90% of the chromium content found in food is lost in food processing, so foods should be eaten unprocessed and, most likely, together with chromium supplementation.

Supplements are another great way to boost your chromium intake. The body struggles to absorb chromium by itself, so nutritional experts recommend taking a product which combines it with protein picolinate, to enable better entry into the bloodstream. Picolinate also increases the absorption of zinc, copper and iron.

Finding balance with your chromium levels can do so much to improve your health. And, once you know how, with some medical advice it can be easy to achieve. Whether you’ve become chromium deficient through heavy exercise, antacid use, a high carbohydrate diet or overdosing on refined sugar, or just through depletion in the ageing process, simply stick to these dietary and nutritional pointers, and you can rediscover the real you!   

6 thoughts on “Low chromium levels: 8 signs you’ve lost your shine”

    1. As far as aware chromium doesn’t impact oestrogen levels. But here’s what it does do; it is known to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone that controls the storage of carbohydrates, fats and proteins within the body. More chromium basically allows the body to maintain a well-balanced blood sugar level (which can become a problem especially later in life). A balanced blood sugar level leads to a reduction in all pf the symptoms associated with low or high blood sugar levels such as energy swings, cravings, headaches, overheating, mood swings, irritability AND greater hormonal balance is achieved. If you are interested in testing your hormone levels or a telephone consultation please use our contact page to get in touch.

  1. Chromium picolinate is not the best form for women.

    I would have liked to see chromium content of the recommended foods, rather than just a list.

    Supplementing with chromium has not been shown to reduce HbA1c in diabetics in the studies I have seen.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Kay. In fact, Chromium does not reduce HbA1c in diabetics and was never referred to in my blog. What I did say was Chromium helps balance glucose blood levels. Lifestyle habits is the key to helping reduce HbA1c levels. Women who are pregnant or nursing should be able to take chromium but should always check with their doctor first.

    2. Hi Kay.. trust me when I say chromium reduces your blood sugar levels! I am a type 1 diabetic and have experimented on myself my entire life. I’m 59, and have had diabetes for 49 years now. I use EIDON liquid chromium amd it works fantastically to bring down my blood sugar when it’s high. It reduces my entire appetite amd makes my muscles feel stronger. It esircislly keeps away my sweet cravings! I have good energy throughout the day and I am more mentally focused. It’s a miracle mineral! I basically take 2-3 drops about every 4 hours and if my blood sugar gets really high( because I forgot to take my insulin or I ate a little to much fruit , or when I’m sick , the chromium break msg it down within the hour , to a normal level. I love it! It helps me stay slender and I just read it helps prevent bone loss! Yay! But most of all, it works so well to keep my blood sugar close to normal. Don’t hesitate to take it based on claims thst it has not been proven thst it works! Because I know it does! I check my blood sugars around 20 times a day and follow it closely, so I see what the chromium does! I’m going to buy a gallon of it!!

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