The effect of brown seaweed and polyphenol supplementation in male rabbits on the blood profile and antioxidant markers

Knizatova N, Massanyi M, Rossi R, Ondruska L, Kovacik A, Tokarova K, Gren A, Formicki G, Binkowski L, Halo M, Lukac N, Massanyi P, Vizzarri F (2022): The effect of brown seaweed and polyphenol supplementation in male rabbits on the blood profile and antioxidant markers. Vet Med-Czech 67, 527–537.

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Currently, in animal nutrition, the replacement of synthetic substances with natural ones was expected to improve animal health. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of a dietary brown seaweed and plant polyphenol mixture in adult male rabbits on the haematological profile and antioxidant markers. Twenty-four adult male rabbits were divided into three experimental groups receiving a control diet (C) or diets supplemented with 0.3% (T1) and 0.6% (T2) of a feed additive containing brown seaweed (Laminaria spp.) and plant extracts of seaweed origin. The trial lasted for 90 days. A lower potassium concentration was observed at 30 days in the T2 group, compared with the T1 and C groups. An increase in the antioxidant status was observed (P < 0.05) from day 60 of the trial in the rabbits fed diets with an algae-polyphenolic supplement (T1 and T2 groups). Concluding, the diet supplementation of brown seaweed and polyphenol stimulates the antioxidant status of the blood, however, it does not affect the haematological profile.

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