Chromium is an essential mineral that may help the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.* Chromium, in a form called chromium picolinate, has been studied for its potential role in altering body composition.* Preliminary research in animals and humans1 suggested that chromium picolinate may support fat loss and support a gain in lean muscle tissue.* Double-blind research has also reported a reduction in body fat2 and body weight3 in people given 400 mcg of chromium (as chromium picolinate) per day for three months.*
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- Kaats GR, Blum K, Fisher JA, Adelman JA. Effects of chromium picolinate supplementation on body composition: a randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study. Curr Ther Res 1996;57:7456.
- Kaats GR, Blum K, Pullin D, et al. A randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study of the effects of chromium picolinate supplementation on body composition: a replication and extension of a previous study. Curr Ther Res 1998;59:37988.