Selenium status of a group of Scottish adults

C T Shortt, G G Duthie, J D Robertson, P C Morrice, F Nicol, J Arthur

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Objective: To examine dietary selenium intake and indices of selenium status (plasma and red blood cell selenium and glutathione peroxidase activities) in apparently healthy Scottish individuals.

Design and subjects: One hundred subjects, aged between 40 and 60 y, completed a seven day weighed food; intake and provided blood samples for selenium status analysis.

Setting: Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland,

Results: Average reported selenium intake was low (43 mu g/d). A significant number of subjects had reported intakes below the RNI. Low levels of plasma selenium were also found but no subject had values below 40 mu g/l. Red blood cell selenium was within the reference range established for a healthy UK population. Smoking status had no consistent effect on selenium status.

Conclusions: The results of the present study suggest that selenium status of certain Scottish individuals may be compromised and that further studies are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-404
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997


  • dietary selenium
  • blood selenium status
  • glutathione peroxidase
  • Scottish individuals
  • dietary survey
  • institutionalized elderly subjects
  • acute myocardial-infarction
  • coronary heart-disease
  • glutathione-peroxidase
  • vitamin-E
  • lipid-peroxidation
  • blood
  • healthy
  • indexes
  • supplementation


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