The overall rating for chromium is 1.4 out of 3 meaning there is little if any evidence that this supplement does what it claims to do. Using this supplement will not lead to positive results.

Table of Contents

  1. Simple Report
  2. Detailed Report
  3. Overall Effectiveness Rating
  4. Research Rating
  5. Products Containing Chromium
  6. Claim Ratings
  7. Dosing
  8. References

Chromium Simple Report

  • Supplement: Chromium
  • Supplement Category: vitamins and minerals
  • Number of Products Containing Chromium: 76
  • Effectiveness Rating: 1.4 out of 3
  • Research Rating: 51 (above 80 indicates sufficient research)
  • Number of Studies: 11
  • Number of Claims: 13
  • Effective Dosage Range: 0.2 - 1 milligrams per day

Chromium Detailed Report

Overall Effectiveness Rating

The overall effectiveness rating for chromium is 1.4 out of 3. This rating means there is little to no evidence to back the supplement's use. Using this supplement will not lead to positive results. Note, this effectiveness rating is for chromium as a whole; there are also individual ratings for the claims below.

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Research Rating for Chromium

There are 11 studies in the database on chromium; the research rating is 51. 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 research rating is for chromium as a whole; there are also individual ratings for the claims below.

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Products Containing Chromium

Products Names Amount of Chromium
Creature Powder 50mcg
GTS Pre-Workout 30mcg
Thermx 200mg
Warrior Fuel Hers Amount not listed.
Viking Burn 100mcg
Full list of all 76 products containing Chromium.

Claim Ratings

The overall ratings above are an average of the individual claim ratings below. Individual claims may have higher or lower ratings compared to the supplement's overall rating. For example, some supplements may have excellent backing for one claim, but be completely useless for another. Click on a claim below for more information.

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

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

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

Cardiovascular Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Research Rating
lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels
lower total cholesterol levels

General Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Research Rating
improve insulin sensitivity
improve glucose control

Dosing

The Supplement Database includes 11 studies on chromium dosing. These studies indicate an effective dose ranges from 0.2 to 1 milligrams per day, the average dose being 0.69 milligrams per day. For a more detailed dosing analysis visit: Supplement Dosing for Chromium.

References

Title of Study
A randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study of the effects of chromium picolinate supplementation on body composition: A replication and extension of a previous 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 Chromium Picolinate Supplementation on Insulin Sensitivity, Serum Lipids, and Body Composition in Healthy, Nonobese, Older Men and Women
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