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Herbal plants and their derivatives as growth and health promoters in animal nutrition

Hashemi, S.R. and Davoodi, H. (2011) Herbal plants and their derivatives as growth and health promoters in animal nutrition. Veterinary Research Communications, 35 (3). pp. 169-180. ISSN 01657380 (ISSN)

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The purpose of this review is to summarize the effectiveness, modes of action and commercial application of herbal plants and their derivatives as growth promoters for animal. Feed supplements are a group of feed ingredients that can cause a desired animal response in a non-nutrient role such as pH shift, growth, or metabolic modifier (Hutjens, 1991). Common feed additives used in animal diets include immunostimulators, antimicrobials, antioxidants, pH control agents and enzymes. Herbal plants, are a new class of growth promoters and in recent years this feed additives have gained extensive attention in the feed industry. They are a wide variety of herbs, spices, and products derived thereof, and are mainly essential oils. Although numerous reports have demonstrated antioxidative and antimicrobial and immune stimulation efficacy in vitro, respective experimental in vivo evidence is still quite limited. A limited number of experimental comparisons of herbal plants feed additives with antibiotics or organic acid have suggested similar effects on the animal gut microflora. Gut microflora has significant effects on host nutrition, health, and growth performance by interacting with nutrient utilization and the development of gut system of the host. In addition, some phytogenic compounds seem to promote intestinal mucus production. However, the future of using herbs in animal feeding will in great measure depend on the knowledge of chemical structure, their value and characteristics of practical herbs or their extract physiological needs and well-being of animal, and, above all on consumer's preferences and expectations. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - Vet. Res. Commun. [Field not mapped to EPrints] C2 - 21213046 [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Faculty of Animal Science, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Microbiology, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Golestan, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antimicrobial, Feed additive, Herbal plant, Phytogenic, Poultry, antibiotic agent, growth promotor, plant medicinal product, animal food, diet supplementation, drug activity, drug effect, drug efficacy, drug mechanism, drug safety, immune response, medicinal plant, nonhuman, phytochemistry, plant taxonomy, review, Animal Feed, Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Animals, Anti-Infective Agents, Food Additives, Phytotherapy, Plant Preparations, Plants, Medicinal, Spices, Animalia
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 08:35
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 11:36
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2137

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