Some people take chromium to manage diabetes, weight gain, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and blood cholesterol levels.
Chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in how insulin helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone your body uses to change sugar, starches, and other food into the energy you need for daily activities.
Some studies have shown that chromium supplements may help people with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, a condition that causes your body to respond poorly to the naturally occurring hormone insulin. There’s scientific evidence that chromium can lower glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity, although not all studies have shown a benefit. It may be that chromium works better in people who are chromium deficient, which usually only happens if you have poor nutrition overall.
Other studies have also found that chromium may help with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is linked to insulin resistance.
Chromium supplements have also been studied for their effects on cholesterol, heart disease risk, psychological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions.
Some people use chromium supplements to build muscle or trigger weight loss.