Chromium is an essential trace mineral for the human body, which can be found in various types of food such as whole grains and nuts. It is important for processing carbohydrates and fats in the body, and helps cells respond properly to insulin (the hormone produced in the pancreas that makes blood sugar available to the cells as our basic fuel). It may be helpful for the following;
Weight loss - chromium supplements are often sold for weight loss, particularly for obese people who may be in danger of developing diabetes. It may be helpful in suppressing appetites and cravings, and in addition, has been shown to build muscle and trim fat simultaneously. Research conducted on overweight volunteers given chromium picolinate for 72 days, but following no particular diet or exercise regime, were shown to have lost an average of just over 4 pounds of fat while also gaining 1.4 pounds of lean muscle. Therefore, for anyone wishing to lose weight, adding the recommended dosage of chromium picolinate may aid in weight loss.
Diabetes - because chromium helps insulin do its job, it may help people with Type 2 diabetes, or those at a high risk for developing it. Low levels of chromium are characteristic of diabetes, though there is no evidence that low chromium causes diabetes. Clinical trials in the U.S. involving people with diabetes have so far produced no clear evidence of benefits from chromium supplements.
Heart disease - studies of chromium supplements and blood cholesterol levels have shown some benefits. It is thought that people deficient in chromium might be able to reduce LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and raise HDL (‘good’) cholesterol somewhat with chromium supplements.