Chromium and Chromium picolinate are sometimes promoted as products that can even out levels of sugar in the blood and enhance the body’s fat-burning metabolism.
Doses of 200 micrograms are found in chromium supplements as well as in so-called weight loss chewing gum.
Some research indicates that some extra chromium in a diet may help to normalize sugar-levels in diabetics but not in everybody. Most studies on humans have shown no effect on weight loss.
Intakes of 1,200 mcg per day can cause liver and kidney problems. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid chromium and chromium picolinate.
Chromium does play a part in fat metabolism but these types of chromium supplements are not necessary.