Anyone using "Chromium Picolinate" for diabetic heart health?
I had read an article on Yahoo a while back about chromium picolinate being used to promote heart health in diabetics. I was wondering if anyone caught that article or if anyone here was using it. Here is what I found from a Merck site:
Background: Chromium is a mineral required in small quantities by the body. It enables insulin to function normally and helps the body process (metabolize) carbohydrates and fats. Good sources of chromium include carrots, potatoes, broccoli, whole-grain products, and molasses. Picolinate, a by-product of the amino acid tryptophan, is paired with chromium in supplements because it is claimed to help the body absorb chromium more efficiently.
Medicinal Claims: As a dietary supplement, chromium picolinate is used to promote weight loss, build muscle, reduce body fat, and enhance the function of insulin, but these effects have not been proved. It may lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
Possible Side Effects: Some evidence suggests that chromium picolinate damages chromosomes and consequently may cause cancer.
Any thoughts or other info would be appreciated.
Last edited by whackedback; 09-01-2005 at 05:38 AM.