Chromium Polynicotinate is a coordination complex of chromium and picolinic acid. Chromium is a certain type of metal that was discovered in the late 18th century in France. This metal was considered a nutrient until the 1960s, but scientists discovered that the body requires only a tiny bit of this metal to stay healthy and is now grouped as an essential trace metal. Nutritional supplement manufacturers understand that chromium (like most minerals) have a hard time passing through the intestinal walls (1), and therefore, such minerals/metals are normally combined with other substances to aid their absorption into the bloodstream.

This compound is essential in glucose metabolism and is said to be necessary for utilization of dietary sugars and carbohydrates (2). Research also associates chromium with longevity and improved cardiovascular health (2) attributable to its role in metabolizing fats, carbs, nutrients, as well as other nutrients. This essential trace metal is naturally present in various dietary sources such as whole grains, potatoes, vegetables, brewer’s yeast, and most kinds of meats.

Benefits of Chromium Polynicotinate to the Skin

Since rapid changes in your blood sugar may lead to acne and other skin reactions, Chromium Polynicotinate is thought to help prevent or regulate acne and improve your skin health. Besides, the chromium is shown to improve a person’s immune system and slow the aging process (3).

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