The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp 883–889 | Cite as

Combined effect of antioxidant supplementation and resistance training on oxidative stress markers, muscle and body composition in an elderly population

  • F. Bobeuf
  • M. Labonte
  • I. J. Dionne
  • Abdelouahed Khalil
JNHA: Sarcopenia Frailty and Performance


This study was aimed to examine the effect of vitamin C/E intake alone or combined with resistance training on antioxidant/pro-oxidant status, muscle strength and body composition in an elderly population. Fifty-seven men and women with a mean age of 65.6 ± 3.8 years were recruited and randomized in a double-blind fashion into four groups: control-placebo; resistance training (RT); vitamins C/E supplementation (AS); AS+RT. Oxidative stress status and metabolic and lipid profiles were determined at baseline and after six months. Fat-free mass and fat mass measured by DXA were similar at baseline for all groups. At six month, there was a significant difference among the groups as a function of vitamin E supplementation. Moreover, although there was no effect on pro-oxidative parameters, a significant effect on body composition was noted, but no difference was noted on strength gain. The combination of RT+AS had a positive effect on the plasma antioxidant profile but not on the pro-oxidant status.

Key words

Antioxidant and pro-oxidant status vitamins supplementation resistance training elderly 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Bobeuf
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. Labonte
    • 1
    • 3
  • I. J. Dionne
    • 1
    • 3
  • Abdelouahed Khalil
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Research Center on AgingUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of Physical Education and SportsUniversity of SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  4. 4.Research Centre on AgingSherbrookeCanada

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