Chromium Picolinate

Chromium is a mineral present in our diet and in trace amounts in our body.  Diets lacking in adequate fruits and vegetables may result in low levels of chromium in our system.  Controlled studies done in multiple major medical centers found that chromium supplements aid in fat loss and weight control.

It is thought to work by increasing the efficiency of insulin both increasing insulin sensitivity and lowering high insulin.  Additionally, it helps decrease carbohydrate cravings and it helps maintain muscle mass even when caloric intake is low.  Even when not restricting calories, chromium can help increase lean mass, which results in an increase in metabolism and the body’s ability to burn fat. 

When using chromium supplements, it is important to use the piccolinate form, which can be purchased over-the-counter at most pharmacies, grocery stores and health food stores.  The recommended dosage is 400 to 600 micrograms taken in the morning every day. 

For prescription medications that can help with weight control see: Part Six of Medication and Weight Control

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