Why Do I Need Chromium?Chromium is a trace element needed to regulate blood sugar levels. It is a component of insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar levels. It also promotes the formation of protein in the tissues of the baby.
How much should I take from it?During pregnancy, you need about 30 micrograms (μg) a day - this amount is easily absorbed into your daily diet. If you ate a slice of wholewheat bread, an apple and 450 grams of spinach, you would have consumed a little more than the recommended amount for the day.
Do I need a preparation?You do not need it - and you should not take any chromium-rich supplements that are on the market. Recent research shows that the drugs can damage body cells, and there is no evidence that they can lower cholesterol, support weight loss, or control diabetes, as some reports have suggested.
Which foods are the best sources?wholegrain bread and cereals, wheat germ, asparagus and brewer's yeast are good sources. Others contain:
- 1 slice of American Cheese: 48 μg
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter: 41 μg
- 450 g boiled spinach: 36 μg
- 85 g fried skinless skin: 22 μg
- 90 g mushrooms : 20 μg
- 1 slice whole grain bread: 16 μg
- 1 medium apple: 15 μg