How diabetics can make chromium work more effectively--Take 600 mcg chromium with biotin 2 mg daily

By evaziem Latest Reply 2014-06-30 09:48:34 -0500
Started 2014-06-28 15:19:19 -0500

This is a copy from an email I received from Steve Kroening (his newsletter Volume 4, Issue 49, June 23, 2014).

Since chromium is a key mineral that helps with insulin metabolism, most diabetics are familiar with it. Unfortunately, chromium doesn't help every diabetic. So I've written about ways to make chromium work even better in your battle against diabetes. One of those ways is to take the nutrient with your anti-diabetes drugs. But new research suggests there's another nutrient you can take with chromium and your medications that will help them all work even better.

In the randomized, double-blind, controlled study, researchers followed 447 type-2 diabetic patients. They divided the patients into two groups. They gave one group chromium picolinate (600 mcg chromium daily) with biotin (2 mg daily). The patients also continued their oral anti-diabetic drugs. Then the researchers compared how well this group did to a second group taking placebo supplements.

Here's what they found. The patients taking the chromium and biotin supplements saw a dramatic improvement in their Hgb A1c. This is an extremely important marker for long-term glucose levels. And those with the worst Hgb A1c at outset (greater than 10%) had the best improvement with the two supplements. Their Hgb A1c came down by 1.76%.

But that's not all. The patients taking the chromium and biotin saw their fasting glucose fall an average of nearly 10 points. And, again, the worse their levels were at outset, the better they fared. Their fasting glucose dropped a whopping 35.8 mg/dL. And they didn't experience any significant adverse effects.

If you have type-2 diabetes (or type-1) and you're taking anti-diabetic medications, consider taking chromium and biotin together with your medication. You might see much better control of your glucose with these two nutrients. You can take the same dosages used in this study.
Albarracin, C.A., B.C. Fuqua, et al. “Chromium picolinate and biotin combination improves glucose metabolism in treated, uncontrolled overweight to obese patients with type-2 diabetes,” Diabetes Metab Res Rev, 2008; 24(1): 41-51.

16 replies

evaziem 2014-06-30 09:06:24 -0500 Report

It seems that is important which chromium compound we take.
Most supplements are chromium PICOLINATE. See this:

Al Sears, MD, 11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208 Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
wrote at :

"Chromium is another important mineral to help control and rebuild your sensitivity to insulin.

Without enough chromium in your body, insulin just doesn’t work properly.

Chromium is in many foods including brewer’s yeast, meats, potato skins, cheeses, molasses, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Despite the wide availability of chromium from food sources, research shows that 90 percent of American adults have a chromium-deficient diet.

But you can’t take just any chromium as a supplement. Some types may actually do more harm than good. And research shows that it needs niacin to be effective.

Look for chromium polynicotinate, or niacin-bound chromium, which is safe and effective as a dietary supplement. Take 400 mcg a day."

haoleboy 2014-06-28 21:13:43 -0500 Report

Okay … so who here has (is) taking chromium (with or without biotin)?
Need some anecdotal testimony to convince me to try it.


GabbyPA 2014-06-29 18:26:32 -0500 Report

I had been taking it without biotin and had not noticed it did much. But I have a hard time being consistent, as the money is not always there to continue the treatment. I was also told that I needed to take it with L-cartin to make it work.

evaziem 2014-06-30 09:08:42 -0500 Report

Did you see any difference when using with L-cartin?

See my new find I wrote today at the top.

Nick1962 2014-06-29 18:26:30 -0500 Report

My doctor told me early on that I could use it but for 6 months max due to interactions with NSAIDS and possible kidney issues. See “side effects” and “interactions” here:
Just one more reason I don’t use supplements – better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)

evaziem 2014-06-30 09:07:33 -0500 Report

Thank you for this reminder!!!
See what I found today, listed at the top.

Nick1962 2014-06-30 09:48:34 -0500 Report

I agree, there are differences, but still potential side effects I’d rather not deal with. I also don’t want to have to become a hobby chemist. Just my personal belief that where supplements are concerned, the first step should be your doctor to determine if you actually have a deficiency to begin with. If not, it’s a waste of money and potentially disrupting your body chemistry.
We also have to be careful about recommending people take things – it can be seen as “medical advice”.

jayabee52 2014-06-28 15:42:20 -0500 Report

Howdy Eva
Thanks for the info.
Please supply us with a link?


evaziem 2014-06-28 15:50:58 -0500 Report

I had no link. It was in the body of my email.
I can for forward it to your email if you wish.

evaziem 2014-06-28 15:41:32 -0500 Report

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements.

For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

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