Substances and Disease Registry in a recent toxicological profile for chromium (ATSDR, 2000).
There are some unresolved issues given the currently available data regarding the safety of chromium picolinate. However, at this time, the totality of the data does not indicate an urgent need for additional research studies or data gathering. An issue of concern is the lack of information on the long-term effects of chronic chromium picolinate at the recommended doses. Long-term effects might be addressed by determining if ingestion of chromium picolinate in the amount and duration typical of dietary supplements results in sufficient intracellular Cr(III) concentration to cause nuclear damage and/or oxidative stress.
The individual usage patterns of chromium picolinate are needed in a published format that is readily accepted by the scientific community. To know how many people take how much chromium and for how long is an important consideration in evaluating long-term safety.
Since there are studies in which adverse effects are not mentioned or in which the rate of subject withdrawal data is missing, it is advised that the authors of those studies be contacted and specifics be obtained.
There are no recommendations for future research at this time.
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