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Question:I read that chromium can increase the risk of cancer. Is this true?
Answer:We' ve got the UK Food Standards Agency to blame for this myth. In a recent report they referred to a trial published almost a decade ago that implied that one form of chromium, chromium picolinate, could cause DNA damage.

Many people supplement chromium because it helps to stabilize blood sugar, hence helps to keep both your energy and your weight on an even keel. Chromium supplementation is especially important, and highly recommended, for anyone with diabetes for this very reason. Even the FSA agree that chromium is non-toxic in amounts 10 times higher than supplements, which usually provide 200meg.

The question on cancer risk only related to chromium picolinate. However, even this has since been proven to be a red herring. A decade of research has failed to find any evidence of potential harm. One animal study gave several thousand times more chromium picolinate than is available in supplements and found no evidence of danger. There are now 35 human trials involving 2,000 people that have shown no safety issues. In the US the National Toxicology Program investigated chromium picolinate and found no evidence of ' genotoxicity' or any other ill effects. The fact is there is no evidence that supplementing chromium picolinate, let alone any other form, has the potential to cause cancer in either animals or humans. So for people with chronic fatigue, weight problems or blood sugar problems such as diabetes, chromium remains a beneficial, and safe, supplement.

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