Chromium is a mineral our bodies use in small amounts for normal body functions, such as digesting food. Chromium exists in many natural foods including brewer’s yeast, meats, potatoes (especially the skins), cheeses, molasses, spices, whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Chromium is used for improving glycemic control in type 1 and 2 diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), corticosteroid-induced hyperglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia, for hypercholesterolemia, and for increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels in patients taking beta-blockers. It is also used orally for weight loss, to increase muscle mass and fat-free mass, and decrease body fat. Chromium is also used orally to enhance athletic performance, to increase energy and vigor, and to treat dysthymic disorder (a mild form of depression) and atypical depression.