Chromium in the Diet
Alternate Names : Chromium Picolinate, Chromium Polynicotinate, Chromium Chloride
Chromium is a trace mineral. This means it is needed in very small
amounts. Chromium supplements may be useful in a number of
There are many chromium supplements available. Chromium
is available in supplements under the names chromium picolinate,
chromium polynicotinate, chromium chloride and others. These supplements
have gained a great deal of attention as a means to lose weight. More
research is needed to confirm any results to date.
The chromium in supplements is found to be mostly safe and
consuming harmful amounts from food is very unlikely. However, excess
intake can hurt, rather than help, the use of insulin. The greatest benefits
of increasing intake of chromium are seen in people who are severely deficient in the
mineral. In these cases, it has been shown to improve glucose and insulin
People who eat a diet high in sugar and refined foods are
more at risk for not getting enough chromium. Sugar
increases chromium loss and refined foods are very low in chromium.
Athletes may also have increased chromium loss through exercise.
Chromium deficiency can resemble diabetes.
There is no Recommended Daily Allowance,
called RDA, for chromium. For adults, a safe and healthy amount is
between 50 to 200 mcg per day. A mcg is a very small amount equal to a
thousandth of a milligram. Even though chromium is needed in only small amounts,
it is a key mineral in the body.