- What other names is Chromium known by?
- What is Chromium?
- How does Chromium work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Chromium.
Chromium Safety and Side Effects
Chromium is safe for most adults when used appropriately for 6 months or less. Chromium also seems to be safe for most people when used for longer periods of time. Some people experience side effects such as skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, mood changes and impaired thinking, judgment, and coordination. High doses have been linked to more serious side effects including blood disorders, liver or kidney damage, and other problems. But it is not known if chromium is the actual cause of these side effects.
Do not take chromium supplements if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have kidney problems.
- You have a chromate allergy.
- You have a behavioral or psychiatric condition such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.
- You have liver disease.
Likely Effective for...
- Preventing chromium deficiency.
Possibly Effective for...
- Type 2 diabetes.
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Athletic conditioning.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Improving athletic performance, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), obesity and weight loss, depression, preventing a heart attack, Turner's syndrome (a genetic disorder that has a high risk of diabetes), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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