15 Aug 2009
Chromium is a mineral found in certain foods. The body needs only trace amounts of chromium, and deficiency of this mineral in humans is rare.
According to the Natural Therapeutics guide, the recommended daily intake has not been established but the oral dose range is about 200-600 mcg/day.
Your dose needs may change if you have an injury, illness, or infection, if you are pregnant, if you are under stress, or if you exercise more than usual.
Chromium picolinate works together with insulin produced by the pancreas to metabolize carbohydrates. It has been used in alternative medicine as an aid to lowering cholesterol or improving the body's use of glucose (sugar). It is also commonly touted as a weight-loss supplement that aids in reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle.
Not all uses for chromium picolinate have been approved by the FDA. Chromium picolinate should not be substituted for prescription medications.
There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
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