Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Does Chromium Picolinate Increase Metabolism?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:23 PM

Question: Is there any evidence that chromium picolinate increases metabolism? Is it safe and what is the correct dosage?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

This supplement has been falsely marketed as an athletic enhancer and weight loss aid largely because of lack of FDA review. Numerous studies have not shown any effect on muscle growth or fat loss, and the alleged improvement in insulin resistance has not been supported by controlled trials. There is concern that this product may be associated with DNA damage and mutation, so I would recommend avoiding it for now. The amount of chromium needed to help the body utilize glucose is so small that supplementation is not really necessary, despite reports that food processing depletes some of our food of chromium. Save your money. There is too much potential risk with too little benefit, if any!

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