Chromium Picolinate

  • GingerOH

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    Jan 27, 2013 2:32 AM GMT
    So my Aunt knows I am trying to drop some weight by changing my eating habits and doing weight training. She gave me some supplements she said would boost my metabolism and give me more energy (and as a college senior taking 27 credit hours more energy would be a miracle). Anyways its called Chromium Picolinate and I was wondering if anyone has tried it and what your experience has been.
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    Jan 27, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    Everything you need to know about chromium.

    http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Chromium-HealthProfessional/
  • Beeftastic

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    Jan 27, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    Chromium picolinate stimulates the insulin cycle, supposedly burning more calories and speeding up your metabolism. I have never really heard of this working very well for people who have tried it though. But chromium is added to a lot of weight loss products like shakes or protein bars.

    I don't like it, it makes me feel jittery and cracked out. I've never heard of anybody else having this side effect though, and I seem to react that way to almost anything that affects insulin levels.

    You can also try high doses of Biotin, around 5-10 mg a day. I did find this speeded up my metabolism some and while it did make me feel speedy, it was ok.
  • beaujangle

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    Jan 27, 2013 11:34 PM GMT
    GingerOH saidSo my Aunt knows I am trying to drop some weight by changing my eating habits and doing weight training. She gave me some supplements she said would boost my metabolism and give me more energy (and as a college senior taking 27 credit hours more energy would be a miracle). Anyways its called Chromium Picolinate and I was wondering if anyone has tried it and what your experience has been.



    Wow, you're the gingerest guy I've ever seen!
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    Jan 27, 2013 11:41 PM GMT
    Deficiency in humans is rare. I'd try consuming foods on the link listed before trying a megadose supplement. It is a Pro-oxidant, ie the opposite of an anti-oxidant, so more is not better. More is only good if you have evidence (ie a blood test) of a deficiency.

    Supplements aren't the way to go for weight loss and don't have as much research and safety as you may want to think since it is on the market. It's more about changing your dietary habits and exercise habits, as you are already doing. It is a slow process, just like weight gain is a slow process.
  • GingerOH

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    Jan 28, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys! I appreciate it.
  • He_Man

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    Jan 28, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    Wow! You're like the gingerest ginger of them all. I shall call you King Ginger. Does that mean you stole the most souls?

    Chromium can give you what they call the "Red Face," where you get excessive blushing and turn red. Being the gingerest ginger of them all, chromium may make you even more red. You may implode due to ginger overload. So be careful!
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    Jan 28, 2013 4:56 AM GMT
    Sounds like a percussion score for some new quasi-classical orchestra group.