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What foods contain chromium picolinate?

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Broccoli, grape juice, whole wheat, potatoes, garlic, basil and red wine are sources of dietary chromium, but this is not in the form of chromium picolinate. Chromium picolinate is not routinely added to food in the United States, and this form of chromium does not occur naturally in food.

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Chromium picolinate is sold as a dietary supplement. It is marketed for weight loss, cholesterol reduction, appetite control, blood sugar regulation and increased energy. All of these uses are refuted by USDA studies, and the FDA states that chromium picolinate does not show any evidence of efficacy in these uses. Because it is an unapproved dietary supplement, it is illegal to claim that chromium picolinate treats or cures any disease or medical condition.

Chromium is an essential trace element in the human body. Most healthy adults in the United States meet or exceed their daily chromium needs through diet alone, according to the National Institutes of Health. Chromium supplementation is rarely medically indicated, except in hospitalized patients who are fed intravenously. This rare deficiency is corrected by adjusting the amount of chromium in the intravenous feeding solution.

The primary risk associated with unnecessary chromium supplementation is medication interaction. Chromium, including chromium picolinate, interferes with common medications such as antacids, insulin, beta blockers and non-prescription painkillers.

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