Chromium Picolinate - Side Effects
Chromium is an essential mineral found in many foods. Some people believe
that synthetic chromium supplements such as chromium picolinate can help the
body handle sugar and fat.
Generally, using Chromium Picolinate short term is not linked to any side effects, however, studies have noted few reports of irregular heartbeats, and also few studies have found chromium picolinate to cause changes in sleep patterns.
These side effects of Chromium Picolinate are rather minor and really aren't a cause for concern. What's notable is that a study from Dartmouth college found that Chromium Picolinate could damage the genetic material in hamster cells, and this raises the concern whether Chromium Picolinate can also cause cancer and affect the DNA in humans.
In a 1999 study done by University of Alabama, the researchers found when Chromium picolinate is taken in combination with ascorbic acid in vitamin C supplements, the Chromium Picolinate may cause DNA damage, and possibly lead to cancer.
This area still lacks long term extensive research to really show what kind of long term effects chromium picolinate may have on Human DNA and also the possibilities of increased risk of cancer.
The RDA of chromium picolinate should not exceed 1200 micrograms (mcg) per day as this may result in liver and kidney problems. Pregnant or breast feeding women should avoid Chromium Picolinate.
No other side effects of chromium picolinate have been reported.
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