Chromium is a mineral, which is typically considered essential, meaning that it must be obtained from the diet. Chromium picolinate is the mineral chromium attached to three molecules of picolinic acid. This form of chromium is commonly used in dietary supplements as it absorbed more effectively by the body than alternative forms. Chromium picolinate has been shown to have a number of benefits. These include helping to attenuate weight gain by reducing food intake, hunger levels, and cravings. It may also help to control blood sugar levels.