The present study sought to determine whether supplementation of dietary antioxidant ascorbic acid with glutathione (GSH) could ameliorate the age-related increased oxidative stress and changes in hormonal, lipid and copper (Cu) as well as zinc (Zn) levels in 18-month-old rats. The present study demonstrated that supplementation of vitamin C (30 mg) + GSH 100 mg/kg b.w. significantly reduced the concentration of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances in liver and testes in old male rats as compared with nonsupplemented ones, indicating lower oxidative stress. In addition, testicular GSH was increased but not hepatic GSH. Also, cholesterol and triglycerides were decreased in the serum of supplemented rats. Furthermore, she serum testosterone level was increased in the same supplemented rats. However, the present results show that the thyroid hormones, T3 and T4, were not influenced. Lastly, the concentration of Cu in serum, liver, brain and testes was increased in supplemented old rats. Zn concentration was also increased in the same organs but not in the liver. According to the present study, the supplementation of antioxidants could play an important role in the modulation of the oxidative damage and changes associated with age.

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