Chromium picolinate causes cancer?

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Question from JoanneR: A weight loss center in my area recommended I use chromium picolinate to help accelerate my metabolism to aid in weight loss. I took one pill, then read up on it and was shocked to read that this product is found to cause cancer in lab rats.
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. It's a hot topic for dietary supplementation right now, but the data is inconsistent. There are two things that chromium picolinate is supposed to do. One is to improve satiety, so people are less hungry, and the other is to improve glucose metabolism. Neither of these has been sufficiently explored, particularly in breast cancer survivors. Currently, I would not recommend supplementation with chromium picolinate. We need more research.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answering your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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