Chromium Picolinate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Chromium picolinate is fairly well known as a weight loss supplement. And because diet and proper weight are so important in controlling cholesterol, chromium picolinate therefore comes into consideration as part of cholesterol treatment.

Chromium itself is an essential trace mineral for the human body, and plays an important role in processing fats and carbohydrates and in helping cells respond appropriately to insulin. Chromium picolinate, however, is an artificial supplement. All that is certain about it is that it is fair easily absorbed by the body, thus its use as a supplement.

Is Chromium Picolinate a Help?

Is it a way to help reduce excess body fat, or does chromium picolinate pose a health threat? Laboratory studies indicate that it may harm genetic material in animal cells, which in turn might cause cancer. These are only studies, of course, and not definitive.

There is no question, however, that being overweight is a health hazard. There is no question that chromium is important in processing fats and sugar levels. How these two facts work into your cholesterol maintenance and treatment plan, is a question for health care providers, not body builders or any other laymen. Err on the side of caution. Consult your physician before taking chromium picolinate or any supplements or medications.

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