Major dietary sources of oxidative stress and inflammation

Major dietary sources of oxidative stress and inflammation

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When we design diets for young animals, it is important to avoid ingredients that can cause gut damage before spending money on additives that enhance gut health.

In the post-antibiotic era we experience today, the key concept in feeding all young farm animals remains “gut health.” With that, we usually imply improving gut health in an effort to negate the need for antibiotics, either for growth promotion or even for prophylaxis and therapy. In fact, there is a recent trend to avoid using antibiotics even when animals get sick, in which case maintaining animals’ health becomes even more important than having them perform efficiently. Thus, gut health remains the focus of much research and commercial effort worldwide.