A recent review on chromium's nutritional relationship to good health reports that it is a safe and effective dietary supplement that may be useful in the prevention of a number of diseases. Chromium is essential for sugar and fat metabolism, and the majority of people get less
than the upper limit of chromium in their daily diet.
Insufficient chromium intake is associated with symptoms similar to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Although the daily intake of chromium should be 50 to 200 micrograms per day for the average healthy person, will taking more help people who are at risk for chronic disease?
In studies where people suffering from type 2 diabetes were given 1,000 micrograms of chromium picolinate per day, it was highly effective in relieving many of the symptoms associated with diabetes. When overweight individuals were given 401) micrograms of chromium picolinate in conjunction with exercise, there was a significant increase in weight lost and improved insulin response. Aging Is associated with an increase in chronic diseases, such as insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease.
Since studies suggest that chromium levels decrease as we age, chromium insufficiency may be partly responsible far increased insulin resistance and weight gain. The review concludes that chromium supplementation may prove to be useful as a means to prevent various chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.