Chromium Picolinate, a factor in the maintenance of good health. Provides support for healthy glucose metabolism ans helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates and fats. Chromium Picolinate is a patent ed version of the trace mineral chromium bound to picolinic acid. Studies show that chromium picolinate benefits include weight loss, lowered serum cholesterol and glucose, burned fat, and build muscle.
Chromium Picolinate is a patent ed version of the trace mineral chromium bound to picolinic acid. Studies show that chro mium picolinate benefits include weight loss, lowered serum cho lesterol and glucose, burned fat, and built muscle. Picolinic acid is produced in the human body for the purpose of improving the cellular uptake of trace metal ions. Scientists have demons trated that the minerals in pico linate form are better assimilated than most other forms. Chro mium Picolinate also reduces high serum glucose levels which can contribute to aging via a destructive process known as glycosylation (also called non enzymatic glycation), in which glucose molecules bind to pro teins and interfere with their function. People with diabetes have a highly increased rate of protein glycosylation and this plays a major part in their increased risk of atherosclerosis and many other diseases. For many with diabetes, chromium enhances the ability of insulin to lower serum glucose levels. A double blind, crossover study showed an average of 7% choles terol reduction in subjects taking chromium picolinate.
Chromium can also produce ana bolic effects similar to steroids, but without any of the side effects. It not only increases strength and muscle mass, but was also shown to decrease body fat by 22%.
One study shows that, after 24 weeks, that chromium-rich swim mers had increased lean mass by 3.3% and decreased body fat by 6.4%, compared to the placebo swimmers. The improvement was actually greatest in the chromium-supplementing female swimmers, who carved body fat by over 8%. Anecdotally, chro mium swimmers tended to report more performance improvements and less muscle soreness, com pared to non-supplemented athletes ("Chromium Picolinate Supplementation in Male and Female Swimmers", Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol. 28(5), p. S111, Abstract no. 664, 1996).
The recommended safe and ade quate intake for chromium has been set at 50 to 200 mcg per day by the Recommended Dietary Allowance Committee of the National Research Council in the United States, but research sug gests that about 90% of the popu lation in the U.S. and Britain consume less than 50 mcg daily. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 41, pp. 1177- 1183, 1985). Other studies sug gest that many athletes are only taking in 30 to 35 mcg daily, so it's not too unreasonable to say that "these people should consi der taking in more chromium", notes Marc Rogers, Ph.D., a former St. Louis Marathon win ner who is currently an exercise physiologist at the University of Maryland.
Since chromium tests are hard to administer and interpret, some nutritional experts prefer to talk about an individual's risk of developing a chromium deficien cy, which is said to increase if a person: Has a diet which is high in simple sugars (such diets tend to increase urinary chro mium excretion, sometimes by as much as 300%. Eats fairly large quantities of "refined" foods, especially those which contain lots of white flour and sugar (such foods have a low chromium content). Has high blood-insulin levels, which increase chro mium requirements, and/or exercises intensely fairly fre quently, which roughly dou bles chromium excretion.
Adults: Take 1 capsule daily with food or as directed by your health-care practitioner.
Consult a health-care practitioner for use beyond 6 months.
Consult a health-care practitioner prior to use if you have a kidney disorder or diabetes.
Contraindication: Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Each vegetable capsule contains: Chromium (from chromium picolinate) . . . . 500 mcg Nonmedicinal ingredients: Vegetable magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose, in a vegetable capsule made with carbohydrate gum and purified water.
Contains no: Preservatives, artificial flavour or colour, sugar, dairy, starch, wheat, corn, salt, or eggs.