Chromium may alter blood sugar levels. People using herbs or other supplements that may alter blood sugar levels, such as bitter melon (Momordica charantia), should be monitored closely by healthcare professionals while using chromium. Dosing adjustments may be necessary.
Chromium taken with other supplements may alter the amount of chromium in the body. In theory, anti-inflammatory herbs and supplements may increase chromium levels in the body, which could lead to a tendency for increased side effects. In theory, zinc may decrease chromium levels in the body and may interfere with chromium's activities. It is possible that vitamin C may also alter chromium levels. Chromium taken with iron may affect the way iron is processed in the body. Chromium picolinate used with biotin may show favorable effects on regulating blood sugar, but additional study is needed in this area.
Chromium has been shown to decrease serotonin levels and may interact with herbs and supplements that affect serotonin.
Chromium may interact with herbs or supplements that alter the body's immune response. Caution is advised in patients with compromised immune systems.
Although not well studied in humans, chromium supplementation may increase cholesterol (HDL) concentrations when taken with other herbs or supplements used for heart disorders. Caution is advised.
Chromium may increase blood pressure. Caution is advised in patients taking herbs or supplements that alter blood pressure.
Chromium may interfere with the way the body processes certain herbs or supplements using the liver's "cytochrome P450" enzyme system. As a result, the levels of other herbs or supplements may become too high in the blood. It may also alter the effects that other herbs or supplements possibly have on the P450 system.
There is insufficient evidence to support the use of chromium in the treatment of weight loss. Caution may be warranted with use of chromium and herbs and supplements used for weight loss.
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