Reduce Body Fat and Cholesterol, Stabilize Blood
Sugar, Build Lean Muscle
Safe, Effective Alternative to Dangerous Anabolic Steroids
The essential trace element chromium has been shown
to normalize blood sugar, reduce blood fats and play a key role in
protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.(1)
Recently, supplementation with chromium picolinate
has also been shown to enhance body building programs by increasing lean
muscle mass and decreasing the percentage of body fat. Chromium is also
involved in protein synthesis, possibly through its binding action with
RNA. This essential nutrient shows promise for athletes as a safe,
effective substitute for dangerous and illegal anabolic steroids.(1)
Anabolic steroids continue to be used by athletes who
are willing to sacrifice long term health for short term achievement.
Known side effects of anabolic steroids include gynecomastia in males,
decreased libido, increased aggression, decreased HDL cholesterol,
testicular atrophy, oligospermia, increased acne, accelerated balding
and closure of epiphysis, precocious puberty, and in women increased
facial hair, deepening of the voice and clitoral hypertrophy.(6)
Organic Chromium, Insulin and Muscle Building
In two back-to-back anabolic studies, both placebo
controlled and double-blind, young athletes gained significantly more
muscle while taking 200 mcg. of chromium picolinate than did controls
taking a placebo. Moreover, they lost 22 percent of their body fat
versus only 6% in the controls.(1,2,4) Subsequent studies
have confirmed these findings in both humans (even in non-athletes) and
Organic chromium, an active ingredient in GTF
(Glucose Tolerance Factor), enhances the effects of insulin and insures
its efficient use. In addition to regulating blood sugar, insulin
facilitates the entrance of other carbohydrates and amino acids through
cell membranes and influences blood levels of other hormones.(3,4)
Insulin promotes the development of skeletal muscles
in at least three ways:
- Promotes intracellular uptake of free amino acids from the blood.
- Increases the rate of protein synthesis.
- Decreases the rate of protein degradation.
Biologically active chromium is needed in optimal
amounts to produce the GTF needed to transport amino acids into the
Stabilizing Effect of Chromium on Blood Sugar Abnormalities
Because of its insulin enhancing effects, chromium
picolinate has been used as an aid in controlling both hypoglycemia and
In a double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover
study, diabetics taking 200 mcg. of chromium picolinate daily
demonstrated highly significant decreases in both blood sugar and
glycosylated hemoglobin (a pernicious substance indicated in the aging
Many researchers believe that GTF unmasks blocking
factors from the insulin receptors, thereby holding more insulin on the
membrane. In other words, GTF allows more of the insulin in the blood to
be put to work at each cell. Therefore, the same amount of available
insulin actually becomes more working insulin.(3,4)
Chromium Reduces Cholesterol and Arterial Plaque
A recent clinical trial using 200 mcg. daily of
chromium picolinate found that in less than two months, both total
cholesterol and LDL cholesterol could be lowered by more than 10%.(2,4)
A number of studies have shown that GTF chromium
reduces blood cholesterol levels, improves the ratio of HDL (good) to
LDL (bad) cholesterol, thereby helping to maintain arteries free of
deposits. Two studies have shown chromium to reduce existing plaque in
Angiogram studies show that people with good blood
levels of chromium have little evidence of arterial plaque, while
persons with low blood chromium levels have a high incidence of arterial
Chromium: The Nutrient Most Likely to Be Deficient
Studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show
that 9 out of 10 Americans may be getting less than the minimal 50 mcg.
of chromium daily, although chromium deficiency rarely occurs in other
countries.(3,4) Americans are more likely to be to be
deficient in chromium than any other vitamin or mineral. Several factors
contribute to chromium deficiency in Americans.
- American soil does not contain an adequate supply, thus chromium
cannot be absorbed by the crops or reach the water supply.
- Chromium is lost when food is refined.
- The typical American diet, high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
is another contributing factor.(2,3) Tests have shown
that blood chromium drops greatly when 60 grams of glucose are
- Only about 3% or less of the chromium in most foods is retained by
- Viral infections can cause blood chromium levels to drop
- Vigorous exercise depletes chromium stores. Athletes in intense
training use chromium at twice the rate of sedentary persons.(4)
Picolinic Acid Dramatically Increases Chromium Absorption
Picolinic acid, which occurs naturally within the
body, has been found to be the most effective chelator of metal ions.
Chromium picolinate is 10 times more absorbable than chromium chloride
used in many vitamin/mineral supplements and many times more absorbable
than the chromium found in most foods.(1)
Gamma Oryzanol and Boron Add to Body Building
Gamma oryzanol, a white powder-like substance
extracted from rice bran oil, has both hormone and vitamin-like effects
as well as stimulative effects on genital glands. Animal studies using
mice and chickens have shown growth increases of 22-27% and 40-60%
respectively over control groups in six weeks.(6)
Human tests by both Japanese and American scientists
using athletes on vigorous training programs have shown increase in body
mass, decrease in body fat and increased excretion of cholesterol which
indicates a correlation with liver function. Gamma oryzanol has also
been shown to possess anti-oxidative properties similar to that of
The trace element boron is beneficial not only for
muscle building, but also for its positive effect on the recalcification
of bone. In a 1986 study, a significant increase in plasma levels of
both estrogen and testosterone was seen in postmenopausal women given
boron supplements. Supplementation with 3 mg. of boron daily also
reduced the urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium.(7,8)
WARNING: This publication and the product
contained herein have not been approved or evaluated by the Food and
Drug Administration. This publication, and the product contained herein
are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The
product relates to nutritional support only.
1. Evans, Gary W., Picolinates—How They Help Build Muscle without
Steroids—And Other Health Benefits, Keats Publishing, New Canaan CT,
2. Evans, Gary W., "Chromium — a Basic Ingredient for Good
Health," Better Nutrition for Today’s Living, January
3. "Chromium: A Nutritional Factor in Potentiating
Insulin," Medical Nutrition, Autumn, 1988.
4. Passwater, Richard A., "Chromium Picolinate: Is it the
Elusive GTF?" Whole Foods, April, 1989.
5. Vinson, Joe A., "Glucose Tolerance Factor," July 18,
6. Christensen,K., "Anabolic Steroids", The American
Chiropractor, Dec. 1984
7. Nielsen, F.H., Hunt, C.D., Mullen, L.M., Hunt, J.R., "Effect
of Dietary Boron on Mineral, Estrogen and Testosterone Metabolism in
Postmenopausal Women," U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Grand Forks, ND,
8. Kamen, Betty, Startling New Facts About Osteoporosis,
Nutrition Encounter, 1989.
Product No. 845 Fill Size: 60 vegetable capsules
Each all-vegetable capsule contains: % Daily Value
Elemental Chromium 200 mcg. 167%
From Chromium Picolinate 1640 mcg.
Other ingredients: rice flour, magnesium stearate. Contains no animal
CHROMIUM PICOLINATE XTRA
Product No. 832 Fill Size: 60 vegetable capsules
Each Capsule Contains: % Daily Value
GTF Trivalent Chromium 200 mcg. 167%
From Chromium Picolinate 1640 mcg.
Gamma Oryzanol 15 mg. *
Boron (Aspartate) 2 mg. *
Other ingredients: rice flour, magnesium stearate. *Daily Value not
established. Contains no animal products.
Recommended Usage: One or two capsules daily. The National Academy of
Sciences has recommended a daily intake of 50 - 200 mcg. for adults. In
recent research, doses of 200-400 mcg. daily have been used. No toxic
effects have been seen even in doses of up to 156,000,000 mcg. of
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