Chromium picolinate a great suppliment for diabetics

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Chromium is a chemical element which has the symbol Cr and atomic number 24. Chromium is also odorless, tasteless, and malleable. Chromium has high corrosion resistance and hardness. Chromium oxide was used by the Chinese in the Qin dynasty over 2,000 years ago to coat weapons.

Chromium is known to enhance the action of insulin [A1-A3], a hormone critical to the metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in the body [A4]. In 1957, a compound in brewers' yeast was found to prevent an age-related decline in the ability of rats to maintain normal levels of sugar (glucose) in their blood [A3]. Chromium was identified as the active ingredient in this so-called "glucose tolerance factor" in 1959 [A5].

Chromium picolinate is one of the most commonly used chromium dietary supplements available in the United States, and it has been marketed to consumers for use in weight loss, increasing muscle mass, and lowering serum cholesterol. Chromium picolinate is a synthetic compound that provides a bioavailable form of Cr(III) that is absorbed better than dietary chromium.

Chromium Picolinate Supplements - Health Benefits

Supplementation of chromium picolinate may prevent chromium deficiency and it may be helpful for people at risk of diabetes. In the 1960s, chromium was found to correct glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in deficient animals [A1]. In a case, three hospitalized patients who were fed intravenously showed signs of diabetes (including weight loss, neuropathy, and impaired glucose tolerance) until chromium was added to their feeding solution. The chromium, added at dosages of 150 to 250 mcg/day for up to two weeks, corrected their diabetes symptoms. Chromium is now routinely added to intravenous solutions. [A6] Here is a review of such health benefits:


Insulin resistance is an epidemic condition that dramatically increases risk for type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, estimated to affect 33% Americans. [2,3] Insulin resistance is present in two serious health problems in women; polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and gestational diabetes. [3] Chromium is an essential mineral that is needed for insulin activity in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Chromium deficiency impairs the body's ability to use glucose to meet its energy needs and raises insulin requirements. Thus, it makes sense to believe that chromium supplements might help to control type 2 diabetes or the glucose and insulin responses in persons at high risk of developing the disease. A review of randomized controlled clinical trials evaluated this hypothesis.

A recent study has demonstrated that chromium picolinate may increase the amount of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) - a key enzyme involved in metabolism - in skeletal muscle cells, thus improving energy balance and insulin function.[2]

Studies show that people with type 2 diabetes have lower blood levels of chromium than those without the disease. [3] Consequently, researchers supplied chromium supplementation to patients suffered from types 1 and 2 diabetes. They found improvement in serum glucose. The beneficial effects of chromium on serum glucose and lipids and insulin resistance occur even in the healthy subjects. [5] In 2009, FDA issued a favorable response to a qualified health claim petition filed by Nutrition 21, recognizing chromium picolinate as a safe nutritional supplement that may reduce the risk of insulin resistance and possibly type 2 diabetes. [1]

See the section of Qualified Health Claims below.

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  • What r the doses like for this medicines

  • 1 capsule of OPTISULIN everyday post breakfast

  • this medicine we can take without consulting doctor or what? it is now all over the world available.

  • Its a multivitamin so yes it can be bought over the counter. its always a good idea to keep your doctor advised that you are taking this supplement

  • Hi

    I just read that there is an OPTISULIN which is a type of Insulin! So be has to be the OPTISULIN cap for Dr. Reddy's: zinc sulphate monohydrate 27.5 mg, vitamin B6 3 mg, vitamin B12 15 mcg, folic acid 1 mg, chromium picolinate 500 mg.

  • You are absolutely right. Many pharmacists get confused by the name. Note that Dr Reddy's optisulin is a multivitamin and available OTC while the other is not.

  • I think somebody must clarify it. Is it an Insulin or multivitamin ? I request experts to inform correct position of OPTISULIN. From name it suggest an Insuline

  • Hi

    Do you know anybody who benefited from taking this?

  • I have

  • Thanks for letting me you take it everyday...since when are you taking it?

  • Please search in Wikipedia before you start this medication

  • Yes cinnamon is a great natural supplement for increasing insulin sensitivity. Note that the Sri Lankan variety works best and not the Indian variety. Also long term use of cinnamon (you can make tea by soaking 1 tb spoon of powder in boiling water) can cause issues for your kidney and liver. It has a substance called curcumin which is toxic beyond a point.

  • dear mr.teataster,pls guide me where to get sri lankan cinnamon original?because tried indian,no effect.sukhbir

  • curcumin in in turmeric not daalchini. curcumin is the component that's suited best and is available in upto 95% concentration. I think you got mixed up.

  • Dear Sir Curcumin is present in cinnamon as well. Kindly do your research and then we can discuss over this blog

  • It is not CURCUMIN which is jn Turmeric

    It is COUMARIN in Cinnamon which is toxic and damaging for liver and kidneys and that's why recommended that we take Tea (which takes only water soluble component out).

  • Even COUMARIN is not bad if one is taking daalchini tea because COUMARIN is not water soluble.

    Problem with me is my memory is very great so whatever i read long back is also fresh. So as i said initially, it was a case of MIXUP :)

  • Good arguments, even though I am having diabetes since 15 years I have learnt great deal within two days

  • I was dumbfound when i read the comment that daalchini has curcumin which is poisnonous!!! Goodness!! the command with which people claim knowledge is humbling!

  • how can one take 1 spoon of cinnamon powder? it is quite pungent! pls help

  • Take 1 table spoon of cinnamon powder which you can make at home from Sri Lankan origin cinnamon bark in your mixie. Mix with 500 ML of boiling water and keep over night. Next day stirr the decoction and consume half in the morning before breakfast and remainder in the evening.

  • Dear teataster, but how to recognise Sri Lankan Bark. Moreover what is not good in Indian Cinnamon

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  • The multivitamin I am suggesting has other ingrediants as well which are all great for general health -

    Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient found in many foods, especially animal products. Also available in supplement form, vitamin B12 is involved in regulating metabolism. In addition, vitamin B12 aids in the formation of red blood cells and in the maintenance of the central nervous system. Vitamin B12 is also required for the proper function and development of the brain.

    The health benefits of Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxamine include coenzyme activities, immune system, metabolism, premenstrual syndrome, hormone control, emotional disorders, skin conditions, cardiac diseases, kidney disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, anemia, arthritis and influenza.

    Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, one of the B-vitamins. This micronutrient helps your body break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates into usable forms of energy. Folic acid also helps your cells create new DNA molecules, manufacture red blood cells and produce important brain chemicals. For us diabetics it is the function which helps break down of carbs into usable energy, which is the best part.

  • But the amount of folic acid in the tablet is way too below the recommended doze!!

  • Good news to diabetics communidty for better control of the health.

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