Chromium, Do You Use It?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-01-22 10:14:35 -0600
Started 2012-01-03 19:12:18 -0600

I have been doing some research on elements our bodies seem to be missing as diabetics and Chromium came up many times. I had stared using Chelated Chromium when I found out I should probably be using Chromium Picolinate. It is supposed to help me with my glucose as well as helping my body shed some weight.

Have any of you singled out your Chromium intake? How has it worked for you? What dose do you take?

36 replies

jigsaw 2012-01-21 17:38:37 -0600 Report

A word of caution to insulin dependent diabetics! Chromium supplements can increase the effectiveness of insulin. If you are insulin dependent, you should definitely speak to your doctor before taking it.

cavie2 2012-01-21 07:57:16 -0600 Report

Never heard of this before, this site is sooooo educational and I am going to start taking this ASAP. Thanks everyone. ☺☺☺

draco59 2012-01-20 21:51:02 -0600 Report

Yes I use it; I've been for about 4 yrs. now. I take Chromium Picolinate 800mcg, with my pills before I go to bed. I had problem with what they called dumping syndrome. My body would dumb sugar while sleep, giving me a higher FBS. I was a lab tech for over 20 yrs. And that was the first time I heard of this. But since I started taking it, the problem seems to decrease. I haven’t seen the weight loss though. I don't know, I was wondering if I should take it twice a day. Any suggestions ???????

GabbyPA 2012-01-21 13:54:16 -0600 Report

So you take it before bed? I have the same trouble, my liver just dumps into my bloodstream. It is frustrating. I take it twice a day, so maybe I will take it at night before bed and see if that helps my numbers at all. Thanks!

Michael_1960 2012-01-19 11:21:43 -0600 Report

I got my info from my boss's wife which she got it from a website,, I take 1 500mcg in the morning and another 1 at night.

GabbyPA 2012-01-20 20:57:18 -0600 Report

I first got cheleated chromium, but had a good friend tell me to get the picolinate. So I am doing both for now.

melcoujes 2012-01-13 19:02:34 -0600 Report

I have been taking chromimun picilonate for at least four years now. I may be "seeing" things, but it seems to help me absorb the carbs like too much popcorn..if I take it right before I eat, I notice the stomache does not feel so full of carbs…it maybe strange but I find if I do not take the chromimum my body can tell the difference in my ahem…bodily functions…

Misunderstanding7 2012-01-05 03:57:39 -0600 Report

Yes I take the Chromin P , but they say not to take it daily but skip a day in between doses.

draco59 2012-01-20 21:56:53 -0600 Report

There have been rare reports of fast, irregular heart rhythms and liver dysfunction, but these dangers of chromium were associated with very large dosages. In addition, two cases of kidney damage have been reported from the use of chromium picolinate supplements. Some experts claim dosages at 1,000 micrograms and lower appear to be very safe and nontoxic.

GabbyPA 2012-01-21 13:56:14 -0600 Report

Ok, then I am good. I only take 1000 mcg of picloinate.

draco59 2012-01-21 14:50:36 -0600 Report

Just makes sure when you get your regular blood work done, that they check your liver enzymes to, not just the basic ones.

GabbyPA 2012-01-21 14:52:37 -0600 Report

They always test my liver that the same? Do I need to ask them to do a specific test?

draco59 2012-01-21 15:26:15 -0600 Report

No, that should take care of it. It's just sometimes the way the Doctors orders there tests and the what tests the laboratory offers on there different panels. Hope this helps.
How often do you get your labs done???

LauraS 2012-01-04 11:41:22 -0600 Report

I recently got involved with a cutting edge vitamin company and the scientist, the top vitamin guy, said that chromium picolinate is crap. I know we've all taken it and been told that it helps you lose weight but it's not good for us. He said we need chromium but the picolinate part was no good. He told me to take Chomemate. It's sold in vitamin stores and it's pretty cheap. I haven't googled it but felt the information coming from a top vitamin producer was enough for me.

GabbyPA 2012-01-05 16:51:03 -0600 Report

Ok, it was a GNC person who said to use the picolinate versus the straight chromium. She is also an herbalist, so I trust her. What about the picolinate makes it bad for us, do you know?

jigsaw 2012-01-20 21:23:15 -0600 Report

I took chromium picolinate years ago as recommended by a natural pharmacist. I never heard anything about picolinate being toxic in anyway. It is just an easier form of chromium for the body to absorb. I always stayed below the FDA limit as a safety measure. I did not notice much of a difference so after about a yeat or so it went on my discontinue list.

LauraS 2012-01-10 14:25:30 -0600 Report

Sorry it took so long to respond … I was told the picolinate is not bad for you but that it has no value, it does nothing. You need niacin with the chromium, that's what will help regulate blood sugars.

jigsaw 2012-01-21 07:43:33 -0600 Report

GTF chromium is bound with niacin for easier absorption! Chromium in its pure state cannot be absorbed by the body. This is why itis chelated or bound with another substance.

CSYUKON 2012-01-14 10:05:42 -0600 Report

I am type 2 diabetic where do you find niacin? and is that better than cinnamon with chromium picolinate. I am confused on what to take for vitamins and supplements any suggestions.

GabbyPA 2012-01-14 22:57:53 -0600 Report

Research and dig to find the supplements that your body needs. Your doctor can give you blood tests that will help you figure things out. I take Niacin for my cholesterol. My cholesterol is 170. Not too bad, but my doctor wanted me on statins. I could not tolerate them, so I take niacin for it instead. BUT it can raise your blood sugar, so you need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist first. Start low and work up. But you have to test your numbers as you do, to make sure you are not exchanging it for higher glucose numbers.

jayabee52 2012-01-14 16:03:31 -0600 Report

in most any pharmaiy or in a health food store, or send for it online. You might want to get a slow releasing Niacin as often you will get a "flush" when you're taking it.

Caroltoo 2012-01-10 14:40:21 -0600 Report

I've heard the same thing except that my resource said to use the GTF Chromium formulation specific for Glocose Tolerance (Formulation). 2012-01-03 20:30:54 -0600 Report

I actually used to take Chromium Picolinate and I believe that I liked it. I just cant seem to recall if I actually noticed any improvements, and since I have stopped, I have been wondering why. I am a type 1 diabetic. I'd like to learn more about this supplement! Good luck!

Caroltoo 2012-01-03 19:42:43 -0600 Report

I use GTF Chromium and started it before I became diabetic…at the time when I recognized I was craving carbohydrates and had no idea how to stop it. The GTF stands for glucose tolerance factor.

I now use 1 200mg tablet on days when my BG rate is slow to respond. I have a number of supplements, I use like that…really supplementally. When I first started using it, I think I was taking 2-3/day, but that was ALL I was doing.

GabbyPA 2012-01-05 16:53:11 -0600 Report

My chelated chromium is 200mg. I am going to keep taking that for now, until my new ones come in. I will see if it makes me feel any differently.

jigsaw 2012-01-20 21:27:54 -0600 Report

Did you mean 200mcg ! That is amount (daily intake) commonly recommended by doctors of nutrition. Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels. It has been studied for its potential role to alter body composition. Preliminary research suggested that it increases the ability of the body to lose fat and to gain muscle. Follow up research has not confirmed that chromium picolinate has any significant effect in altering body composition. Here is a link on GTF Chromium:

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