Chromium Picolinate May Damage DNA, Lab Tests Show; More Study Needed
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Chromium picolinate may be a cancer threat due to its ability to cleave DNA, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa researchers said at the American Chemical Society (ACS) annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Lab studies show chromium picolinate reacts with common biochemicals like vitamin C. The ingredients "can then catalyze a reaction with atmospheric oxygen to generate the potent DNA-damaging hydroxyl radical," the research team of J.K. Speetjens et al. reported.
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