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Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods. Volume 16, Issue 8, 2006

Safety Assessment of a Novel Niacin-Bound Chromium-Based Energy Formulation

M. A. Sharaa, T. Yasmina, A. Chatterjeea, M. Bagchib, N. Maulikc& D. Bagchiab


Over 35 million adults suffer from fatigue or lack of energy. In this study, we assessed the safety of a novel niacin-bound chromium-based Energy Formulation, which also contained caffeine, D-ribose, Withania somnifera extract, and selected amino acids. Niacin-bound chromium is a novel source of bioavailable chromium (III), and known to promote healthy lipid profile. Male and female Sprague-Dawley rats were fed 125 ppm Energy Formulation for 90 consecutive days. Body weight, feed, and water intake were monitored over the period of 90 days. No significant changes were observed between the control and treatment groups following subchronic supplementation with this Energy Formulation. Furthermore, no significant changes were observed in selected organ weights individually and as percentages of body and brain weights. The Energy Formulation supplementation did not cause changes in hepatic lipid peroxidation or DNA fragmentation after 30, 60, or 90 days of treatment. Hematology, clinical chemistry, and histopathological evaluations revealed no adverse effects in the treatment group. These findings demonstrate the safety of this Energy Formulation.


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