Chromium in metabolic and cardiovascular disease

Horm Metab Res. 2007 Oct;39(10):743-51. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-985847.


Chromium is an essential mineral that appears to have a beneficial role in the regulation of insulin action, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. There is growing evidence that chromium may facilitate insulin signaling and chromium supplementation therefore may improve systemic insulin sensitivity. Tissue chromium levels of subjects with diabetes are lower than those of normal control subjects, and a correlation exists between low circulating levels of chromium and the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Controversy still exists as to the need for chromium supplementation. However, supplementation with chromium picolinate, a stable and highly bioavailable form of chromium, has been shown to reduce insulin resistance and to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Since chromium supplementation is a safe treatment, further research is necessary to resolve the confounding data. The existing data suggest to concentrate future studies on certain forms as chromium picolinate and doses as at least 200 mcg per day.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Chromium / physiology*
  • Chromium / therapeutic use
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diet therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / metabolism
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Humans
  • Insulin / metabolism
  • Metabolic Diseases / etiology*
  • Metabolic Syndrome / etiology
  • Models, Biological
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Risk Factors


  • Insulin
  • Chromium