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Number 24 on the "periodic table" of elements

Tests the presence of ions of Chromium to a high degree of accuracy to detect contamination in the body and on a wide range of materials in your environment

Chromium is a naturally occurring element found in rocks, animals, plants, soil, and in volcanic dust and gases. Chromium is present in the environment in several different forms. The most common forms are chromium(0), chromium(III), and chromium(VI). No taste or odor is associated with chromium compounds.

The metal chromium, which is the chromium(0) form, is used for making steel. Chromium(VI) and chromium(III) are used for chrome plating, dyes and pigments, leather tanning, and wood preserving.

Chromium(III) is an essential nutrient that helps the body use sugar, protein, and fat.

ChromiumIII occurs naturally in the environment and is an essential nutrient. Chromium(VI) and chromium(0) are generally produced by industrial processes. Chromium enters the air, water, and soil mostly in the chromium(III) and chromium(VI) forms. In air, chromium compounds are present mostly as fine dust particles which eventually settle over land and water. Chromium can strongly attach to soil and only a small amount can dissolve in water and move deeper in the soil to underground water. Fish do not accumulate much chromium in their bodies from water.

  • Exposure to chromium can happen in several ways:
  • Eating food containing chromium(III);
  • Breathing contaminated workplace air or skin contact during use in the workplace;
  • Drinking contaminated well water;
  • Living near uncontrolled hazardous waste sites containing chromium or industries that use chromium;

Toxicity Limits
The exact levels where chromium becomes toxic is not clear. The recommended therapeutic value is between 50 - 200 ppm. However, this is applicable only to organic chromium that the body absorbs and retains and therefore not usually excreted and found in urine. The toxic form of chromium is inorganic chromium that the body does not absorb and therefore eliminated in urine. It is this inorganic chromium that requires testing and its presence should be 0.

EPA has set a limit of 100 g chromium(III) and chromium(VI) per liter of drinking water (100 g/L).

Chromium Toxicity Symptoms
  • Breathing high levels of chromium(VI) can cause irritation to the nose, such as runny nose, nosebleeds, and ulcers and holes in the nasal septum.
  • Ingesting large amounts of chromium(VI) can cause stomach upsets and ulcers, convulsions, kidney and liver damage, and even death.
  • Skin contact with certain chromium(VI) compounds can cause skin ulcers. Some people are extremely sensitive to chromium(VI) or chromium(III). Allergic reactions consisting of severe redness and swelling of the skin have been noted.
  • Several studies have shown that chromium(VI) compounds can increase the risk of lung cancer. Animal studies have also shown an increased risk of cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the EPA have determined that chromium(VI) is a human carcinogen.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that certain chromium(VI) compounds are known to cause cancer in humans.

Check out chromium levels in your body with our easy to use, home-based, HMT Chromium Test kit

Sample of a HMT Chromium Test kit

Osumex HM-Chelat is most effective in eliminating heavy metals contamination in the body

The above information is provided for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace competent health care advice received from a knowledgeable healthcare professional. You are urged to seek healthcare advice for the treatment of any illness or disease.
Health Canada and the FDA (USA) have not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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