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The use of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) in poultry feed

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2012

R.U. KHAN*
Affiliation:
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
S. NAZ
Affiliation:
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, GC University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
M. JAVDANI
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Razi University, Iran
Z. NIKOUSEFAT
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Razi University, Iran
M. SELVAGGI
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 700100 Valenzano, Bari, Italy
V. TUFARELLI
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 700100 Valenzano, Bari, Italy
V. LAUDADIO
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 700100 Valenzano, Bari, Italy
*
Corresponding author: rifatullahkhhan@gmail.com
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Abstract

There is growing interest in developing natural alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters in order to maintain both birds’ performance and health. In the last decade, Turmeric has been extensively used in poultry diets. Turmeric is a natural herb of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. Wide range medicinal properties of this plant have been advocated. In poultry feed, Turmeric has been extensively used in different concentrations, dosages and durations. In this review, the beneficial effects of this plant on growth, weight gain, feed conversion ratio, ameliorative effect on liver health, immunomodulatory and antioxidative effects are reviewed.

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Copyright © World's Poultry Science Association 2012

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