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Chromium curbs carb cravings

Do you have a compelling and recurring hunger for carbohydrate-rich foods?

If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Carb cravings are common, and the underlying biological process may operate using similar mechanisms involved for opiates and the pain/pleasure center of the brain.

Can you beat your biology? Researchers report that simply taking 600 micrograms of the essential mineral chromium (as chromium picolinate) for 8 weeks significantly reduced carbohydrate cravings in a group of subjects with atypical depression.

The subjects who had the most severe carb cravings experienced the best results. When blood sugar is low, your appetite for sugars and starches is amplified.

Although not addressed, the chromium in this study may have helped to stabilize blood sugar levels and diminish the desire for carbohydrate-laden foods.

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