Chromium picolinate is a trace element acquired in the diet that is used by the body to help regulate blood sugar levels, among other things. Studies have shown that people with diabetes and metabolic syndrome often have lower levels of this element in their bodies than non-diabetics.
Although natural deficiencies of chromium picolinate are rare, research has shown that many diabetics, especially those with diabetes mellitus, benefit from taking chromium supplements. Most supplements, including chromium, are poorly absorbed by the body but chromium in the form of picolinate has the highest absorption rate of all types.
The cost of these supplements are relatively low, as you can get a two month supply for less than $10, so if you suffer from type II diabetes or metabolic syndrome I recommend that you try it for yourself and see if it helps to lower your blood sugar. You have little to lose and much to gain.
As with any type of medication, some people respond well and some people are “non-responders” and see little benefit from it. Obviously, do not look at this as a magic bullet for insulin resistance, but merely another tool you can use in your campaign to keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Researchers still don’t know the exact way that chromium helps to inhibit insulin resistance, but they know that it does have a positive effect in 50 to 70% of diabetics tested, and that is certainly a high enough figure to warrant recommendation of usage.
Another benefit of chromium is that it has a lack of toxicity at relatively high levels, so there is little need to worry about risk of overdose. As mentioned, it is best to purchase it in picolinate form because it is most readily absorbed by the body.