Does chromium work?

Overall Effectiveness Rating for Chromium

The overall effectiveness rating for chromium is 1.3 out of 3. This rating means there is little to no evidence chromium does what it claims. Using this supplement will not lead to positive results.

Overall Confidence Rating for Chromium

There are 9 studies in the database on chromium; the confidence rating is 52. A score above 80 means the effectiveness rating for this supplement is reliable. A score under 80 means there is insufficient evidence to ensure a reliable effectiveness rating. Note, this rating is for chromium as a whole. There are also individual ratings for the claims below.

Products Containing Chromium

Products Containing Chromium
Warrior Fuel Hers
LEAN Pre-Workout
1UP For Women
LeanFuel V2
Full list of all 20 products containing Chromium.

Individual Claims

The overall ratings above do no necessarily reflect each claim about chromium. Individual claims can have higher or lower ratings. For example, some supplements may have a lot of backing for one claim, but be completely useless for another. Click on claims below for more information.

Body Composition (weight, muscle, body fat) Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
decrease body fat
increase muscle mass
increase weight loss

Energy Balance (calories in & calories out) Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
increase energy expenditure

Performance Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve cardiovascular endurance
improve muscular endurance
increase strength

Cardiovascular Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
lower total cholesterol levels

General Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve insulin sensitivity
lower fasting glucose


Title of Study
Chromium picolinate effects on body composition and muscular performance in wrestlers
Chromium Picolinate Supplementation Attenuates Body Weight Gain and Increases Insulin Sensitivity in Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes
Chromium picolinate supplementation in women: effects on body weight, composition, and iron status
Effect of Chromium Supplementation and Exercise on Body Composition, Resting Metabolic Rate and Selected Biochemical Parameters in Moderately Obese Women Following an Exercise Program
Effects of chromium picolinate on body composition
Effects of Chromium Picolinate Supplementation on Body Composition, Strength, and Urinary Chromium Loss in Football Players
Effects of chromium picolinate supplementation on body composition: a randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study
Effects of resistance training and chromium picolinate on body composition and skeletal muscle in older men
The effect of chromium picolinate on muscular strength and body composition in women athletes