Bluebonnet’s Chromium Picolinate 200mcg Vcaps provide pure yeast-free chromium in a chelate of picolinic acid. Bluebonnet Nutrition's Chromium Picolinate Chelate 200mcg is available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
Chromium (micromineral) is an essential nutrient required for normal sugar and fat metabolism. It works primarily by augmenting the action of insulin and by stimulating fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis, which are important for brain function and other body processes. Plus, it activates enzymes that drive numerous essential chemical reactions, as well as assisting in nucleic acid metabolism, growth and immune function.
Mineral chelates (pronounced KEY-lates) are minerals bound to special “carriers” like amino acids and are particularly effective in propelling nutrients into the blood stream. Few nutritional substances cross the intestinal wall as quickly and easily as amino acids; thanks to their unique active transport mechanism of absorption. By linking the two, the amino acid is able to transport the mineral across the intestinal lining into the body, so it can be put to use. However, to be transported intact, the mineral must have a stable bond to the amino acid. Simply mixing minerals with amino acids – a basic ionic and hydrogen bond – will not produce a stable product.
Mineral “chelates” created in this manner often lose their integrity during digestion and compromise the nutrient’s availability.
Dietary minerals serve a life sustaining function by helping the body to operate properly and remain strong. Minerals build skeletal and soft tissues, as well as regulate processes, such as heartbeat, normal blood clotting, internal fluid pressure, nerve reactions, impulse transmissions, muscle contractions, oxygen transport, acid-base balance to keep the body pH neutral, and enzyme and hormone systems.
In addition, dietary minerals make up 60-80% of all the inorganic (non-carbon containing) material in the body, and they fall into two categories: macrominerals and microminerals. There are seven macrominerals, also known as major or bulk minerals: calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur. They are present in virtually every cell in the body and at least 100 mg of each are needed daily just for normal functioning and well-being. Microminerals, commonly called trace minerals, are required in smaller quantities Ð typically less than 100 mg per day. Still, some are considered “essential” for good nutrition. Essential microminerals include chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc.
Unfortunately, dietary minerals have low bioavailability, which means in their natural state, they are not readily available for use in the body. This is because minerals are too big and bulky with high molecular weights, so they are unable to cross the intestinal membrane intact. To enable dietary minerals to pass through the intestinal wall where they can be absorbed into the blood stream, they are usually attached to a “carriers.” This is why minerals are found in various forms like magnesium aspartate and calcium citrate.
As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
Serving Size = 1 Capsule
Servings per Container: 100
Chromium (chromium picolinate) - 200 mcg (167%DV)
Other Ingredients: Kosher vegetable capsules, vegetable cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate.
Free of milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.
Also free of corn, yeast, gluten, barley, rice, sodium and sugar.
Minerals are shown in their elemental value.
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