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Chromium Chloride Side Effects

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Carole Anne Tomlinson is a registered nurse with experience in rehabilitation, nutrition, chemical dependency, diabetes and health problems related to the elderly. Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and is presently working on her master's degree in nursing. Her screenplays have been viewed by Merchant Ivory, Angela Lansbury and Steven King's associates.
Chromium Chloride Side Effects
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Chromium is a trace metal found in certain fruits such as bananas and grapefruit, and in vegetables such as broccoli, the National Institutes of Health reports. It helps your body metabolize food containing fats and amino acids. It also can help promote good health related to normal blood sugar. Your body needs chromium to heal and for normal growth. Sometimes, if you do not get enough chromium chloride in your food, you may take supplements as part of your daily regime. This trace metal supplement may produce side effects, reports.

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Stomach Problems

Stomach discomfort, such as pain or cramping, may occur from consuming chromium chloride as a supplement. It is best to take this supplement with food to help avoid stomach distress. Talk with your doctor about any stomach problems that occur while taking chromium chloride because they may indicate a serious problem. You should not begin this supplement without first consulting with your doctor.

Abnormal Bleeding

Abnormal bleeding may occur with use of this supplement and classifies as a serious adverse reaction. You may notice that blood wells up more than is normal in a bruise, or that a small wound does not stop bleeding as it normally would. You also may notice blood in your stools as indicated by their color or consistency. For example, black stools may indicate internal bleeding. Stools that look like tar also may indicate bleeding. Speak with your physician immediately if you notice any unusual bleeding. If you have a wound that will not stop bleeding, go to the nearest emergency room immediately.


Ulcers in your stomach or intestines may occur as a result of gastric irritation in your digestive tract from chromium chloride supplements. You may feel a gnawing pain in your belly. This may be a sign of bleeding associated with an ulcer, which is an open sore in your body. Consider this a serious problem and go to your doctor.


Dermatitis, which is irritation of the skin, may occur as a result of taking this supplement. Your skin may become red and develop a rash that itches. If dermatitis does not appear mild or persists, consult your physician.

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