Penn Herb Wellness Guide
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.
- Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
- Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
- For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement,little scientific support.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
|200 mcg daily||[3 stars] |
Taking chromium may help stabilize blood sugar swings.
|500 to 1,000 micrograms per day||[3 stars] |
Supplementing with chromium has beneficial effects on glucose and lipid metabolism and can help support weight loss.
Type 2 Diabetes
|200 to 500 mcg daily, or more under doctor supervision||[3 stars] |
Chromium has been shown to be useful in treating type 2 diabetes in several ways, including by improving blood glucose control.
|up to 200 mcg daily||[2 stars] |
Some controlled trials have found chromium supplementation can reduce total cholesterol and increase HDL-cholesterol levels, especially in people with type 2 diabetes, but the effects are small.
|200 mg daily||[2 stars] |
Studies have shown that chromium supplementation may reduce triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.
|200 to 500 mcg daily, or more under doctor supervision||[2 stars] |
Supplementing with chromium may be beneficial in people with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Type 1 Diabetes
|200 mcg daily||[2 stars] |
Chromium has been shown to help improve glucose tolerance in people with type 1 diabetes.
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] |
In a few case reports, chromium has improved mood in people with a type of depression called dysthymic disorder.
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