Selenium & Muscle Strength

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition researched the relationship between selenium levels in the blood and muscle strength in older adults.  Participants included 891 men and women, ages 65 and older, from the Invecchiare in Chanti (InCHIANTI) Study in Italy. Results showed the group with the lowest levels of plasma selenium was at a higher risk for poor hip strength.*

The lead author, Fulvio Lauretani, says that more studies are needed before selenium supplementation can be recommended to the elderly. However, researchers concluded that low plasma selenium may double the risk of poor muscular strength in the elderly.

Selenium is available in the following Viteyes® formulas: Viteyes® AREDS Advanced, Viteyes® Advanced Beta-Carotene Free, Viteyes® Multivitamin AREDS Companion, Viteyes® Essentials, and Viteyes® Complete.

*F. Lauretani, R.D. Semba, S. Bandinelli, A.L. Ray, J.M. Guralnik and L. Ferrucci. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Association of low plasma selenium concentrations with poor muscle strength in older community-dwelling adults: the InCHIANTI Study.” Volume 86, Number 2, Pages 347-352. August 2007.

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