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Is chromium regulated by the FDA?

Chromium, an essential mineral, is available as a dietary supplement, so it is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) like a prescription or even an over-the-counter medication. It is regulated more like a food. That means manufacturers are responsible for making sure that the chromium supplements they sell are safe. It also means that the FDA does not evaluate a manufacturer's claims about the benefits you may get from taking a chromium supplement.

Before you take a chromium supplement to help with a medical condition such as diabetes, you should educate yourself about the research -- you may not need to supplement, especially if you’re taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement which contains chromium, or a meal replacement shake or other food or supplement containing this mineral. Work with your doctor on the best treatment plan for you.

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