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ConsumerLab.com Finds Carcinogenic form of Chromium in Supplements, Including Those for Weight Loss
Date:3/3/2010

A carcinogenic form of chromium, hexavalent chromium, is present is some dietary supplements, including two popular weight loss supplements, according to new tests by ConsumerLab.com. Lower amounts of green tea than claimed were also found in two weight loss products and ConsumerLab.com noted concern for potential side-effects from products containing high amounts of caffeine or other stimulants. No problems were found with 7-keto DHEA supplements.

White Plains, NY (PRWEB) March 3, 2010 -- A carcinogenic form of chromium, hexavalent chromium, is present is some dietary supplements, according to new tests by ConsumerLab.com. Hexavalent chromium was found in two popular weight loss products and a chromium supplement, while three other chromium-containing supplements selected for testing were not contaminated. ConsumerLab.com also found lower amounts of green tea than claimed in some weight loss supplements and noted concern for potential side-effects from products containing high amounts of caffeine or other stimulants.

Chromium, which is important for insulin function, is often used in weight loss supplements due to research suggesting modest weight loss benefit -- although the evidence is mixed. Hexavalent chromium (which was at the center of the movie Erin Brockovich), should not normally be found in supplements. Legal limits have not been established for the amount of hexavalent chromium in supplements, but the state of California is considering an aggressive public health goal limiting hexavalent chromium in drinking water to only 0.06 ppb – about 0.12 mcg per day. The California limit is based on a one in one million lifetime cancer risk extrapolated from studies in mice.

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