Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
|200 to 500 mcg daily||[3 stars] Chromium supplementation has reduced total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and increased HDL cholesterol in double-blind and other controlled trials.|
|200 mcg daily||[3 stars] Taking chromium may help stabilize blood sugar swings.|
Type 1 Diabetes
|200 mcg daily||[3 stars] Chromium has been shown to help improve glucose tolerance in people with type 1 diabetes.|
Type 2 Diabetes
|200 to 1,000 mcg daily||[3 stars] Chromium has been shown to be useful in treating type 2 diabetes in several ways, including by improving glucose tolerance.|
|200 mg daily||[2 stars] Studies have shown that chromium supplementation may reduce triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.|
Insulin Resistance Syndrome
|200 mcg daily||[2 stars] Supplementing with chromium may help improve the action of insulin.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Chromium may play a role in altering body composition. Research has suggested that chromium picolinate might increase fat loss and lean muscle tissue gain when used with a weight-training program.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] In a few case reports, chromium has improved mood in people with a type of depression called dysthymic disorder.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] A review of several studies concluded that supplementing with chromium picolinate may have a beneficial effect on weight loss.|
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