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Nutraceuticals: An Alternative Strategy for the Use of Antimicrobials.

Authors
  • Ballou, Michael A1
  • Davis, Emily M2
  • Kasl, Benjamin A2
  • 1 Department of Veterinary Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Department of Veterinary Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Veterinary clinics of North America. Food animal practice
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2019
Volume
35
Issue
3
Pages
507–534
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.cvfa.2019.08.004
PMID: 31590900
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Livestock industries strive to improve the health of their animals and, in the future, they are going to be required to do this with a continued reduction in antimicrobial use. Nutraceuticals represent a group of compounds that may help fill that void because they exert some health benefits when supplemented to livestock. This review is focused on the mechanisms of action, specifically related to the immune responses and health of ruminants. The nutraceutical classes discussed include probiotics, prebiotics, phytonutrients (essential oils and spices), and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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