The trace mineral chromium has profound effects on both general health and athletic performance. By supplementing your post workout/race fuel with chromium polynicotinate (not to be confused with chromium picolinate or other forms of this mineral) enhances recovery because it helps to increase the rate of glycogen synthesis. Additionally, chromium supplements play a vital role in energy production and the synthesis of glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids. Considered by many experts to be the "master nutrient" for controlling blood sugar, chromium is an important nutrient for everyone, especially diabetic athletes, athletes with hypoglycemia, and for anyone wishing to maintain optimal weight. Taking a Chromemate capsule with meals can help you maintain consistent energy throughout your day and eliminate the dreaded mid-afternoon fade.
The most current research indicates that higher amounts of chromium (up to 1000 mcg daily) may provide the best benefits so taking additional Chromemate capsules at key times during your day, augmenting the 200 mcg contained in a packet of Premium Insurance Caps, is a wise strategy.