Health Benefits of Chromium Picolinate

There are a number of health benefits of chromium picolinate although more medical research on chromium picolinate effects would of course be useful.

• Trace mineral

• regulates blood sugar levels by potentiating insulin to maintain proper levels of glucose

• deficiency can be serious especially for diabetics as blood sugar levels can be upset – chromium picolinate effects in supplement form: 100-500 mcg twice daily can help blood sugar levels Diabetes 1997

• involved in food metabolism, especially carbs and lipids

• involved in enzyme activation

• helps regulate cholesterol

• for athletes and those who exercise regularly, as chromium picolinate, helps build muscle

• soil in USA generally short of chromium, so some deficiency in the population

• difficult to absorb from food


• as chromium picolinate or polynicotinate costs more but is most effective


There is no RDA for Chromium: AI is:

• Adults 25-35 mcg/day

• Teens 24-35 mcg/day

• Children 1-4 years 11 mcg/day; 4+ years 15 mcg/day

Dosage by Supplements

As chromium picolinate or polynicotinate

• Adults 300 mcg/day

• Teens 150 mcg/day

• Children 1-4 years 25 mcg/day; 4+ years 50 mcg/day


• Above the normal range impact on insulin is reversed

• Dietary form, trivalent, is not toxic

BeforeFoods containing chromium that can help get the health benefits of chromium include cheese, nuts, prunes, beer, whole grains and legumes.

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