Chromium SYNONYMS Chromic chloride, chromium chloride hexahydrate Chrominm works with insulin to help cells absorb glucose and produce energy. When a person is deficient in chromium, the level of glucose in the blood rises, even though insulin levels are normal. Main sorces are: processed meats and whole-grain products are good. Highly available in brewer's yeast, calf's liver, american cheese and wheat germ. Deficiency symptoms: Impaired glucose tolerance. In severe cases, diabetes-like syndrome.