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How Much Chromium Do I Need?
AI for Adult Females 19-50 is 25 mcg/d
AI for Adult Females >50 is 20 mcg/d
AI for Adult Males 18-50 is 35 mcg/d
AI for Adult Males >50 is 30 mcg/d
Upper Safe Limit for Chromium has not been determined
Adequate Intake (AI) is developed when there is not enough scientific data to establish a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
Why Do I Need Chromium?
Chromium plays a role in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism through its effect on the hormone insulin
Chromium is found in whole grains, nuts and some vegetables with broccoli being one of the richest sources
Impaired glucose utilization
Toxicity from diet has not been reported
Toxicity from supplements have shown some adverse effects including skin lesions
Chromium intake is not a concern for someone following a whole foods, plant-based diet
Claims regarding weight loss and increased muscle mass with use of chromium picolinate supplements have not been supported by scientific studies
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