ChromeMate Clinical Evidence
10th International Congress of Toxicology
Bagchi M, et al. Efficacy and toxicological assessment of a novel, niacin-bound chromium in ameliorating metabolic disorders. July 2004. Presented at the 10th International Congress of Toxicology-Finland.
Can chromium lower blood sugar levels?
High blood sugar levels over time are a risk factor for developing diabetes. Chromium is a mineral known to play a role in helping insulin regulate blood sugar levels.
Human clinical intervention trial
Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled. Subjects took chromium or placebo. Researchers then measured their levels of HbA1c, a marker for blood sugar levels over a period of months.
300 mcg/day for 3 months
Subjects taking chromium had significantly lower fasting blood sugar levels, as determined by HbA1c, while the placebo group saw no change.
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Can supplementation with chromium, with or without exercise, help obese women lose weight? What kind of chromium is the most effective?
Supplementation with chromium is thought to influence several risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), such as body weight and blood sugar control.
Human clinical observation trial
Subjects took chromium in one of two forms — chromium picolinate or chromium nicotinate. Their weight was tracked and their blood sugar was measured after an oral dose of glucose.
Young obese women
While supplementation with chromium picolinate actually caused significant weight gain, supplementation with chromium nicotinate, combined with exercise, caused significant weight loss and lowered insulin spikes after a dose of glucose, indicating better blood sugar control.
Our results suggest that exercise training combined with chromium nicotinate supplementation may be more beneficial than exercise training alone for modification of certain CAD and NIDDM risk factors.