The Science

We Understand the Science Behind Chromium

What is KemTRACE® Chromium?

KemTRACE Chromium is a highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium for use in livestock and broilers. The primary role of chromium in nutrient metabolism is to potentiate the action of insulin and improve glucose utilization in animals. KemTRACE Chromium is essential in helping swine, beefdairy cattle and broilers optimize energy use.

For nearly 20 years, KemTRACE Chromium has been successfully part of swine diets. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitted KemTRACE Chromium in cattle diets and it is the only FDA-reviewed source of chromium propionate on the market today. Today, KemTRACE Chromium is the only permitted source of chromium available in U.S. beef and dairy diets.

KemTRACE Chromium Science

From university research to on-the-farm results, KemTRACE Chromium plays an important role in:

  • Glucose uptake
  • Cellular energy
  • Production
  • Profitability

Bioavailability Matters When Selecting Minerals

Higher bioavailability ensures more of the nutrient is available in a form the animal can use for optimal nutritional benefits.

To learn more, watch the chromium mode of action video below or review the mode of action illustraion.

The Chromium Mode of Action Video

Chromium supplementation improves glucose utilization in animals. By enhancing the availability of glucose, the animal has more energy to help with:

  • Maintenance
  • Reproduction
  • Growth/Performance
  • Immunity

Chromium and Glucose Metabolism - The Chromium Mode of Action Illustration

Step 1
Using different digestive processes, cows and pigs digest feed into carbohydrates.
Step 2
Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose.
Step 3
Glucose enters the blood and is transported to different organs in the body.
Step 4
When the blood reaches the pancreas, beta cells inside the pancreas detect the rising glucose levels.
Step 5
To reduce the glucose level, beta cells release insulin into the bloodstream.
Step 6
As blood circulates through the animal, insulin and glucose exit the bloodstream into tissues to reach the animal’s cells.
Step 7
Many of the animal’s cells have certain receptors on their surfaces that bind to the circulating insulin.
Step 8
Insulin acts like a key in a lock, to open the cell so that the circulating glucose can get inside the cell.
Step 9
The dietary trace element, chromium, is necessary to optimize the activation of the insulin receptor so that more glucose can get into the cell.
Step 10
A maximum of four chromium molecules may bind to one insulin receptor, which can lead to an eight-fold difference in insulin receptor activation.
Step 11
Adding supplemental KemTRACE Chromium to the diet provides the additional chromium for insulin receptor activation.
Step 12
Chromium enhances this reaction, causing more glucose to get into the cell.
Step 13
The additional glucose will allow for more energy to be available for proper cell function.

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