Chromium (Cr) is a hard, silvery metal which is a naturally occurring element. Chromium is an essential trace element in human nutrition because it enables glucose to be used. In large quantities it is toxic.
ME/CFS[edit | edit source]
No clinical trials have been carried out using chromium supplements for chronic fatigue syndrome or ME. In 2002, Sierpina et al. suggested that 200 mcg of chromium picolinate (taken with meals) may have the potential to reduce any reactive hypoglycemia that may aggravate symptoms.
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center - Chromium
- 29 Oct 2014, How I Recovered From ME/CFS, by John Bochenek in ProHealth.com (author writes of supplements he used in his recovery, including chromium)
References[edit | edit source]
- "Chromium - Element information, properties and uses | Periodic Table". www.rsc.org. Retrieved Dec 5, 2019.
- Carter, Ramona; Sierpina, Victor (Dec 2002). "Alternative and integrative treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome". Clinics in Family Practice. 4 (4): 853–872. doi:10.1016/S1522-5720(02)00046-6. ISSN 1522-5720.
myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.
hypoglycemia - abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood