The restrictive regulation on synthetic molecules use, the development of organic livestock production and the consumers’ demand for more ‘natural’, ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainable’ products is rising the interest for the use of plant feed additives (PFAs) as natural sources of antioxidant in animal nutrition. The PFAs include aromatic plants essential oils, extracts and residues and by-products from plant processing. After a systematic review of the studies comparing PFAs antioxidant effects with synthetic antioxidant vitamins, a total of 46 peer-reviewed articles published in the last 20 years (2000-2020), were discussed. The literature on the use of plant feed additives denotes a general variability of the experimental protocols used to test their activity as antioxidant or in general their impact on animal performance and metabolism. The PFAs have been proven as an effective nutritional tool to counteract animals’ oxidative stress with positive impact also on animal productivity and efficiency. The PFAs can partially or completely substitute antioxidant synthetic vitamins (the latter administered at doses between 150 mg/kg and 500 mg/kg) in animal rations, sometimes modifying important physiological functions. In some cases, they express a synergistic effect with the synthetic antioxidants. It is crucial to take in consideration the issues related to the absorption and metabolism of these additives, as well as their interaction with gut microbiota. Some form- and dose-dependent negative effect on growth performances have being observed, so further studies are needed to clarify these side effects for practical application. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774340.

Plant feed additives as natural alternatives to synthetic antioxidant vitamins in organic livestock / Righi, F.; Pitino, R.; Simoni, M.; Manuelian, C. L.; Tsiplakou, M. De Marchi and E.. - 27:(2021), pp. 489.1-489.674. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science tenutosi a Davos, Switzerland nel 30 August - 3 September 2021 [10.3920/978-90-8686-918-3].

Plant feed additives as natural alternatives to synthetic antioxidant vitamins in organic livestock

F. Righi
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R. Pitino;M. Simoni;
2021

Abstract

The restrictive regulation on synthetic molecules use, the development of organic livestock production and the consumers’ demand for more ‘natural’, ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainable’ products is rising the interest for the use of plant feed additives (PFAs) as natural sources of antioxidant in animal nutrition. The PFAs include aromatic plants essential oils, extracts and residues and by-products from plant processing. After a systematic review of the studies comparing PFAs antioxidant effects with synthetic antioxidant vitamins, a total of 46 peer-reviewed articles published in the last 20 years (2000-2020), were discussed. The literature on the use of plant feed additives denotes a general variability of the experimental protocols used to test their activity as antioxidant or in general their impact on animal performance and metabolism. The PFAs have been proven as an effective nutritional tool to counteract animals’ oxidative stress with positive impact also on animal productivity and efficiency. The PFAs can partially or completely substitute antioxidant synthetic vitamins (the latter administered at doses between 150 mg/kg and 500 mg/kg) in animal rations, sometimes modifying important physiological functions. In some cases, they express a synergistic effect with the synthetic antioxidants. It is crucial to take in consideration the issues related to the absorption and metabolism of these additives, as well as their interaction with gut microbiota. Some form- and dose-dependent negative effect on growth performances have being observed, so further studies are needed to clarify these side effects for practical application. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774340.
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Plant feed additives as natural alternatives to synthetic antioxidant vitamins in organic livestock / Righi, F.; Pitino, R.; Simoni, M.; Manuelian, C. L.; Tsiplakou, M. De Marchi and E.. - 27:(2021), pp. 489.1-489.674. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science tenutosi a Davos, Switzerland nel 30 August - 3 September 2021 [10.3920/978-90-8686-918-3].
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