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Chromium and phosphorus are two minerals essential to life. Tryptophan comes from protein foods 4. It is an essential amino acid, which means the body can't synthesize it, so it must be obtained from your diet. Carbon is found in nearly every food and provides energy to survive. Eating a variety of foods will help you obtain nutrients like these that you need for optimal health.
Chromium is a Trace Mineral
Chromium is a trace mineral -- needed in tiny amounts -- that is involved in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. It also helps insulin, a hormone required for metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, to work better. Fruits, vegetables and some spices are good sources. Examples include:
- green beans
Whole-grain products and meats, such as turkey and beef, also contain chromium.
Phosphorus is a Major Mineral
Tryptophan Comes From Proteins
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid used for growth, development and making serotonin. Foods high in tryptophan include mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Other examples include red meat, eggs, chicken, turkey and fish such as:
- rock fish
Carbon, Chromium, Phosphorus & Tryptophan
All foods contain carbon. Only water does not. During metabolism, your body breaks the bonds between carbon molecules, releasing energy your cells can use. Some examples of foods that contain both the minerals chromium and phosphorus as well as the amino acid tryptophan include turkey sausage and whole-grain breads. It is important to focus on eating a variety of foods to ensure your diet has adequate amounts of chromium, phosphorus and tryptophan as well as other nutrients.
Chromium and phosphorus are two minerals essential to life. It also helps insulin, a hormone required for metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, to work better. Fruits, vegetables and some spices are good sources. Foods high in tryptophan include mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Chromium
- Davita: Phosphorus and Chronic Kidney Disease
- Davita: Phosphorus in Foods: What to Know When You're on a Kidney Diet
- HealthAliciousNess: Top 10 Foods Highest in Tryptophan
- National Public Radio: Break a Carbon Bond and -- Presto! -- Civilization
- Whole Grains Council: Whole Grains: Good Mood Food!
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