A 2008 study was done on women who who had carbohydrate cravings. They were given a placebo, or 1,000 mcg of Chromium picolinate every day. Those who were given chromium, reported decreased appetite, even when they ate less food.
Chromium is found in whole grain products, meat, and also in some spices, fruits and vegetables. Most foods however only provide only small amounts of chromium. This is why supplementation is advised.
Years ago I used a product called Slim Mints, which came in a tin like Altoids. Slim Mints had chromium picolonate, along with other ingredients. I found while using Slim Mints, that my daily calorie intake averaged about 1400. And I craved less junk food.
During this time I lost 20 lbs. And I experienced no side effects. When I ran out of Slim Mints I could not longer find them. I have no idea why they were taken off the market. I know they worked for me, and believe the chromium played a part.
It is recommended, that men under age 50 should get at least 35 μg, (micrograms) of chromium per day. After the age of 50, men should get 30 μg. it is recommended that women under age 50 should get at least 25 μg/mcg per day. And those over the age of 50, need 20 μg/mcg per day.
Chromium supplements are available as chromium chloride, chromium nicotinate, chromium picolinate, high-cchromium yeast and chromium citrate. According to a 2002 study published by Mary Jane Attenburrow and colleagues, in Psychopharmicology, chromium may increase tryptophan availability in the central nervous system.
A study, done by Malcom N McLeod and Robert N Golden, was published in the 2000 issue of the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. They indicate that CHromium also effects the release of feel good endorphine, norepinephrine,
According to a 2005 study in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, chromium supplementation may benefit those who suffer from atypical depression, which causes increased appetite. John Docherty and colleagues gave study participants 600 μg daily of chromium picolinate. The results were that the participants showed less carbohydrate craving, and exhibited fewer incidents of increased appetite.
In 1999 a study was done on overweight African-American women regarding Metabolism, Diabetes, and Obesity .The women who took 200 μg of niacin-bound chromium supplements three times a day lost more body fat than those who were given a placebo.
Although body weight loss was about the same for all the women, participants who took niacin had less muscle loss. Researchers V. Crawford and colleagues stated their belief, that chromium’s effectiveness, may be a result of its effect on insulin metabolism.
Chromium picolinate has been proven not only to decrease appetite and boost metabolism, but it also increases muscle, stabilizes blood sugar levels in diabetics, and raised good cholesterol levels while lowering the bad.
Most chromium picolinate supplements in stores, have 400 mcg per tablet. And this is considered the maximum safe daily recommendation. Remember to talk with your physician before trying any supplements.