Reflecting on Chromium

Chromium is an essential trace mineral. French chemist Louis-Nicholas Vaquelin discovered it in 1797. Many years later, Walter Mertz, an American physician and research scientist, discovered that chromium played a key role in carbohydrate metabolism. Later researchers agreed that chromium may be the most active component in a group of nutrients that play an important role […]

Kale, lentils, and brown rice

Making Sense of Minerals

Dietary minerals are chemical elements required by living organisms, other than the four elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen that are present in almost all organic molecules. Many elements are essential in relative large quantities: you need to consume 200 milligrams or more of them each day. These “bulk minerals” or macro-minerals in order of […]