Researchers at WashingtonStateUniversity recently demonstrated that supplemental chromium in the diet changes the metabolism of body fat in dairy cattle by changing gene expression. The research showed that chromium supplementation increased feed intake and milk production in dairy cows.

This positive association occurred because chromium supplementation “up-regulated” a number of genes, causing them to become more active, while others were “down-regulated.” This is the first study to document nutrigenomic activity in the body fat of dairy cattle. The researchers at WashingtonStateUniversity and Kemin Industries have filed a provisional patent application for the discovery.