What are the health risks of chromium?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
We know little about chromium toxicity, so we don't know how much a person can take without a negative effect. Too much chromium can cause heart palpitations, high blood pressure, and even psychosis. Animal studies have shown that chromium can cause chromosomal damage and so may pose a risk of cancer as well. I recommend eating a balanced diet and taking a multivitamin as a backup. That should provide all the chromium you need.

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