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Chromium (Cr) is a hard, silvery metal which is a naturally occurring element.[1] Chromium is an essential trace element in human nutrition because it enables glucose to be used. In large quantities it is toxic.[1]

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No clinical trials have been carried out using chromium supplements for chronic fatigue syndrome or ME.[2] 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, though they did not make a recommendation for its use in clinical practice.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Chromium - Element information, properties and uses | Periodic Table". Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carter, Ramona; Sierpina, Victor (December 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. Numerous other supplements are recommended to patients by alternative medicine practitioners, in books, literature, and on the Internet. Most of these have not had adequate clinical studies to recommend them on an evidence-based level; however, some seem to have potential beneficial effect. We mention them here so that practitioners may become more familiar with what their patients may be using outside of traditionally prescribed therapies, and to expose them to what supplements may need to be further studied and reviewed in the future.