I’m almost ready to retract.Sometimes I write or speak too soon. I know that none of you do that, but sometimes my fingers and my tongue work faster than my mind.
I am not talking about the article that I wrote two years ago blasting “The Mangosteen Myth” . Nothing else that I ever wrote generated so much hate mail. But it was worth it.
No, I refer instead to a somewhat more balanced article that I wrote in 2003, “Chromium: Perhaps Good, Perhaps Harmful” . I reported then that some experts think that chromium picolinate, the most common form, might harm individuals with depression, bipolar disease, or schizophrenia.
A report of a severe skin reaction caused by chromium picolinate is another concern. It is also possible, but not proven, that chromium picolinate could cause adverse effects on DNA. And according to a CNN report , “case reports have linked chronic use of 600 micrograms or more per day [of chromium] to kidney and muscle damage.”
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It matters which type of cinnamon you use to help control your diabetes. Some types are more expensive than others. And some types might taste better than others to you, although my taste buds aren’t sensitive enough to tell much difference. But all types of cinnamon can reduce blood glucose levels.
The wave of interest in cinnamon as herbal medicine started half a dozen years ago when U.S. Agriculture Research Service scientists found that its most active compound – methylhydroxy chalcone polymer – increased glucose metabolism 20-fold in a test tube assay of fat cells. The researchers, led by chemist Richard A. Anderson, tested 50 plant extracts and found that none of them came close to this compound’s effect on glucose metabolism.
When the Agriculture Research Service announced its findings, I interviewed Dr. Anderson. At that time he told me that they tried all species of cinnamon and they all worked similarly. “We also tried numerous commercial bottles of cinnamon and they also...
Definition Serum chromium is a test for abnormal levels of chromium in the blood. Alternative Names Chromium blood test How the test is performed Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood. Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding. In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A bandage may be placed over the area if there is any bleeding. How to prep...
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