Chromium picolinate is a dietary supplement consisting of the mineral chromium and picolinic acid. Its primary function is to help insulin work more efficiently, thus regulating your blood sugar levels. Manufacturers of chromium picolinate claim that by having steady blood sugar, you may be able to reduce body fat and lose weight. But more research needs to be done to see if the supplement is a beneficial weight-loss tool. If you decide to take it, talk with your doctor to ensure you’re getting the right dose.
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Amount to Take
Chromium has an adequate intake, known as an AI, that was established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. This amount -- 25 micrograms daily for women and 35 micrograms a day for men -- is the amount the average healthy person needs.
Chromium Picolinate Supplements
You’ll probably see chromium picolinate supplements in doses higher than the adequate intake. Chromium is not known to be harmful, even in large doses. However, if you regularly take 1,000 micrograms a day or more, it can damage your kidneys and liver over time, according to Columbia Health.