Chromium is an essential trace mineral that our body needs in small doses to properly metabolize fats and carbohydrates. It is present naturally in many foods such as potatoes, bananas, grape juice, and milk [R] [R].
Several studies have found chromium to be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes because it helps in metabolizing glucose and lowering blood sugar. A study of administering 200 micrograms per day of chromium for 16 weeks proves chromium’s benefit for people with diabetes [R] [R].
Chromium picolinate is a type of chromium that is absorbed by the body better. It is believed to aid in weight loss because it suppresses feelings of hunger and food cravings. Another study was conducted to prove this by having overweight women take 1,000 micrograms per day of chromium for 8 weeks [R] [R] [R].
Because of chromium’s importance in brain function, researchers have also examined its effects on people who suffer from depression and binge-eating disorders. One study was conducted for 8 weeks with the administration of 600 micrograms of chromium picolinate per day to 113 people affected by depression, and it was found to reduce strong feelings of craving and hunger. A smaller study was also conducted on people with binge-eating disorder [R] [R] [R].
All in all, 600 to 1,000 micrograms of chromium picolinate significantly reduces the symptoms of binge-eating disorders and depression. If you really aim to lose weight, a dose of 1,000 micrograms is best. It has been proven as a safe supplement for up to 6 months of use [R].