The effect of selenium supplementation on hemoglobin among farmers working as pesticide sprayers

Ari Suwondo, Umar Fahmi Achmadi, Suratman

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Background: The symptom of organophosphate (OPs) poisoning develops when the activity of cholinesterase enzyme (ChE) at the nerves ending is obstructed, which caused accumulation of ACh in the nerve endings. The returning of ChE to the normal levels depends on the ability of Erythrocyte cell membrane to survive from lipid peroxidation, with the help of Glutathione peroxides enzyme (GPX), which is heavily depend on Selenium (Se). This study aimed to find out the benefits of Selenium and Vitamin C supplementation on Hemoglobin levels of the farmers working as pesticide sprayers. Method: This was an experimental study using Pre and post test Control Group Design. Ninety nine farmers lived in Pasuruan village, Temanggung, Central Java who fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria were selected as the subjects. Se and Vit C supplementation were given for 7 consecutive days. Results: The hemoglobin levels in Selenium group increased by 2.66%, while in the control group and the group receiving Se+Vit C decreased by 1.96% (p = 0.0001). Conclusion: Supplementation of Selenium 200 μg for 7 consecutive days would increase the hemoglobin level of pesticide sprayers-farmers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3361-3363
Number of pages3
JournalAdvanced Science Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Experimental study
  • Level of hemoglobin
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin C


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