What are chromium picolinate's side effects?

Like any product touting improved health (or most medications of any kind, for that matter) chromium picolinate, which is sold for about $10 a bottle, has side effects.

Start off with the fact that it may interact with other medications and that anyone who is pregnant or nursing, or who has a weakened immune system or diabetes, will want to avoid taking chromium picolinate. Then there are allergies to the compounds, which will make taking them more trouble than they are worth. As always, check with your medical professional before beginning a regimen of chromium picolinate for weight loss.

Beyond these effects, studies are increasingly showing that the negative effects of chromium picolinate are quite profound. There are two studies showing that chromium picolinate can spur DNA mutations by how it interacts with other elements in your body. These interactions include an adverse effect on DNA, perhaps leading to cancer. Another problem? Because picolinate is not found naturally with chromium, it may split away from the chromium and wreak havoc on your body.

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d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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