Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 187, Issue 1, pp 92–99 | Cite as

Effects of Selenium- and Chromium-Enriched Diets on Growth Performance, Lipid Profile, and Mineral Concentration in Different Tissues of Growing Rabbits

  • Shimaa A. Amer
  • Anaam E. Omar
  • Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack


The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of dietary supplementation with different sources of selenium and/or organic chromium on the growth performance, digestibility, lipid profile, and mineral content of hair, liver, and fore and hind limb of growing rabbits. A total of 150 weanling New Zealand White (NZW) male rabbits were randomly allotted to six dietary treatment groups: (1) basal diet (control group), (2) basal diet + 0.6 mg sodium selenite/kg diet, (3) basal diet + 0.6 mg selenium yeast/kg diet, (4) basal diet + 0.3 mg sodium selenite/kg diet + 0.3 mg selenium yeast/kg diet, (5) basal diet + 0.6 mg chromium yeast/kg diet + 0.6 mg selenium yeast/kg diet, (6) basal diet + 0.6 mg chromium yeast/kg diet. Only the combination between inorganic and organic selenium led to significant improvement in body weight, body weight gain, and feed conversion ratio. Carcass traits were not different in all groups. Selenium (Se) and chromium (Cr) were deposited in the tissues of rabbits fed diets supplemented with Se and Cr, respectively. Blood serum in both of selenium- and chromium-supplemented groups showed declined total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Group supplemented with organic chromium showed higher high-density lipoprotein (HDL) than the other groups. It could be concluded that using a mixture of inorganic and organic Se has a positive effect on the growth performance of growing rabbits. Both Se and Cr have hypocholesterolemic effect. Both of Se and Cr can be deposited in the meat and other tissues of rabbits and that improves meat quality which positively reflects on human acceptance. The combination between inorganic (0.3 mg sodium selenite/kg diet) and organic selenium (0.6 mg selenium yeast/kg diet) improved growth performance traits of growing rabbits.


Rabbit Selenium Chromium Growth performance Lipid profile 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

All procedures of the experiment were performed with reference to the Committee of Local Experimental Animal Care and approved by ethics of Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition Department institutional committee, Veterinary Medicine College, University of Zagazig, Egypt.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nutrition & Clinical Nutrition Department, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt
  2. 2.Poultry Department, Faculty of AgricultureZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt

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