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According to a study conducted by researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of Florida, a daily supplement of chromium picolinate was found to reduce sensations of hunger, fat cravings and food intake in the overweight people.

In this first study to examine whether chromium picolinate affects food intake in humans, the researchers assigned 42 healthy, non-smoking, overweight women with carbohydrate cravings to take either a 1,000 microgram chromium picolinate supplement or a placebo once per day. The average participant was 33.2 years old, with a body mass index of 31.3 kilograms per square meter. Researchers measured the women's food intake during breakfast, lunch and dinner at the beginning of the study, after one week and after eight weeks.

Although all the study participants had decreased cravings for carbohydrates, sweets, fast food and high-fat food, those taking chromium picolinate experienced a greater decrease than those taking a placebo.

Hunger levels and food intake were also significantly decreased. Those on chromium picolinate reduced food intake by 25 % while those taking a placebo by only 8 %. Additionally, those taking the chromium supplement lost an average of 0.5 kilograms (1.1 pounds) over the course of the study, while those taking a placebo gained an equivalent amount.

The researchers report that the body needs trace amounts of chromium for healthy functioning, especially in metabolizing carbohydrates, protein and fat. The nutrient can be found in whole grains, brewer's yeast, and certain animal products such as cheese, lean meats or pork kidney. However, the body's ability to absorb chromium is low, which led researchers to look for more bioavailable forms of the nutrient. Previous studies have suggested that chromium picolinate might be one such form.

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Chromium picolinate has been available as a nutritional supplement for a very long time. I can vaguely remember claims that it can improve lean body mass, and that it helps improve glucose regulation in diabetics. I will have to read the original article to determine if the 0.5kg loss or gain after eight weeks is really that significant. Nevertheless, initial results do sound encouraging.
Welcome to the website, Marrilyn.
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Thanks for the welcoming Hoseclamps :-)

I've known for some time that Chromium Picolinate improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps keep the blood sugar
normal and reduces the urge to eat high-sugar foods.
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