Before I begin this review I would like to make it clear that I am reviewing this product as a blogger and NOT in my capacity as a nurse. I am not recommended or endorsing this product as a medical professional with any and all opinions in this review being completely my own. This review does not in any way reflect the opinions of the NHS, Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Neonatal and Midwifery Council (NMC) and any other affiliated bodies. Please do not begin taking any medications, nutritional supplements or other dietary products without first consulting a doctor.
I was very pleased to be asked to review a nutritional supplement produced by the Pharma Nord company. Among the various supplements that they produce is Bio-Chromium; a concentrated chromium supplement that the company claims ‘contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels’ and also to help ‘reduce cravings for snacks between meals.’
I have a seriously sweet tooth, which I know isn’t healthy for me or for Squidge. Prior to becoming pregnant I maintained a healthy body weight, a reasonably balanced diet and took fairly regular exercise. However, once I discovered I was pregnant (and after the morning sickness settled) I took to comfort eating large amounts of chocolate, biscuits and cake which has resulted in my being overweight and unhappy with my size and appearance. Equally, I don’t want Squidge to develop my eating habits or to feel as unhappy with his body as I do with mine.
I firmly believe that the only way to effectively lose weight, maintain the target weight loss and adopt a healthy lifestyle is through a balanced diet and regular exercise and I do not support or condone ‘dieting’ or faddy lifestyle habits in any way. However, I am open to trying products that claim to help suppress cravings or that help you to resist snacking. So when Pharma Nord contacted me asking if I would like to test some of their supplements, Bio-Chromium caught my eye.
Pharma Nord’s website states that ‘Chromium is a trace mineral that is an important component of the chromodulin molecule (formerly glucose tolerance factor), which together with insulin, regulates carbohydrate metabolism and blood glucose balance. Chromium helps to avoid the ‘highs and lows’ of hunger patterns which can often lead to cravings and snacking between meals’. ‘Chromium is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat and protein, helping to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Chromium is an important component of the chromodulin molecule (formerly glucose tolerance factor), which together with insulin, regulates carbohydrate metabolism and blood glucose balance. Chromium makes the action of insulin more effective, and helps the body to remove fat from the bloodstream’.
This product was voted the 2014 Natural Lifestyle (www.mynaturallifestyle.co.uk) Best Supplement and has been approved for production by the European Food Safety Authority and the European Union.
I received a parcel containing 60 Bio-Chromium tablets (30-60 days supply) a few days after I agreed to review their product. The items arrived quickly and had been packaged so that there was no damage to the items. I also received a range of information leaflets detailing the research that had lead Pharma Nord to produce the supplement.
The information supplied on the webite and with the Bio-Chromium tablets directs you to take 1-2 tablets per day (100-200 micrograms) with food. The information supplied states clearly that the recommended dose should not be exceeded. It also states that this product should not be taken without first consulting a doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or have any form of renal impairment and should NOT be taken by those who have an allergy to yeast.
After consulting the Northern One (a doctor) I began taking one tablet (along with my regular medications) every morning with my breakfast over a period of two weeks. To be totally honest I didn’t really think too hard about my eating habits and almost forgot that I was taking a supplement designed to maintain my blood sugar and help prevent snacking. When I embark on a period of healthy eating I usually notice a slump in my blood sugars in the early afternoon that leave me feeling dizzy and craving sugary foods.
After taking Bio-Chromium for several days I began to notice that, although the urge to snack was still quite strong, I found it easier to distract myself from eating until the cravings had passed. I also noticed that I didn’t experience the weak and dizzy feelings that I associated with a drop in my blood sugar to the same extent although they were still there.
I took Bio-Chromium for two weeks until I started forgetting; something which tends to happen with any tablets I take besides my prescribed medications. As with any medication or supplement, they only work if you take them regularly over and extended period of time and so any benefits they did have for me are likely to have been short-lived and would have stopped shortly after I stopped taking Bio-Chromium.
Although I feel that I did notice what felt like a leveling effect on my blood sugar and a reduced desire for sugary foods (both during and between meals) there is no way to definitively attribute these changes to the Bio-Chromium supplement. Although the effects I noticed may have been as a direct result of taking Bio-Chromium, they may also be due to any number of other factors including the placebo effect.
I still have at least two weeks worth of Bio-Chromium supplements and I will definitely be giving them another try to see if they can help stick to my resolution of eating more healthily, reducing the amount of sugar that I eat and maintain an overall healthier lifestyle.
A supply of 60 Bio-Chromium tablets is currently available on the Pharma Nord website (www.multivits.co.uk) priced at £13.95. The full range of Pharma Nord products are available online at http://www.multivits.co.uk, on Amazon and in high street pharmacies (for the complete list please see the Pharma Nord website).
I have written this review in exchange for a free selection of products from the Pharma Nord company. I have not been given any financial incentive by Pharma Nord or anyone acting in their interests or on their behalf. All views mentioned in this review are my own and I reserve the right to withdraw this review from my blog at any time.
All quotes and pictures have been taken directly from the Pharma Nord website, which is in the public domain. I do not claim any rights to or any affiliation with the Pharma Nord products, company or website.