Chromium Picolinate may have a funny-sounding name, but it plays a key role in several bodily functions.
What is Chromium Picolinate?
Chromium is a mineral required in trace amounts. It’s present in the human body, with the highest concentrations found in the hair, spleen, kidneys and testes, and is said to decline with age. Chromium is also found in food—mostly commonly in brewer's yeast, liver, beer, cheese, whole grains and some vegetables—but amounts are typically small, and it can be removed during processing.
Chromium picolinate is just one form of supplemental chromium (other forms include chromium chloride, chromium polynicotinate, chromium dinicotinate and glucose tolerance factor, or GTF, chromium).
What is Chromium Picolinate used for?
Chromium is involved in fat and carbohydrate metabolism and in the synthesis of proteins. It’s popular for cardiovascular health, weight loss and muscular development.
Chromium is said to enhance the action of insulin (which is why it helps carbohydrate metabolism) and is likely why chromium picolinate is being used as an aid for controlling blood sugar in people with diabetes or prediabetes.
This infographic from the CRN Foundation demonstrates how chromium picolinate supplements have monetary savings and health benefits and can even reduce medical events.
Republished with permission from CRNUSA
Chromium Picolinate Dosage
For healthy adults, experts recommend approximately 200 mcg of chromium per day, but studies show that diabetics can use as much as 600 mcg per day with no known negative side effects. Of course, we always recommend talking with your healthcare provider before starting or adding to your supplement regimen.