The Application Impact of an Origanum, Anise and Citrus Oils blend in Horses Nutrition

Branislav Gálik, Daniel Bíro, Marko Halo, Michal Rolinec, Milan Šimko, Miroslav Juráček, Róbert Herkeľ


DOI: 10.15414/afz.2015.18.04.103–105

Received 1. July 2015 ǀ Accepted 28. August 2015 ǀ Available online 7. December 2015

The aim of the paper was to analyse the origanum, anise and citrus oils blend as a potential phytogenic feed additive in horse’s nutrition. Several studies in the World analyze the effect of plant origin aromatic additives on blood serum indicators and nutrients digestibility in horses. Origanum and anise contains many chemical compounds as carvacrol, thymol and anethol, which can be beneficially in metabolism and nutrients digestion. Some studies shows, that these additives have insignificant (P>0.05) effect on blood serum indicators, but there are some studies, which reported positive significant (P<0.05) effect on serum cholesterol and triglycerides contents. The main positive effect of origanum and anise is in nutrients digestibility improving. These herbs can improve the digestibility of dry matter, organic matter, nitrogen free extract, crude fibre, ADV and NDV (P<0.05), as well as Mg and K from feed rations (P<0.05). Some antagonistic results published in this area can be affecting in dosage of active compounds, which have often antinutritive effects.

Keywords: equine, additives, aromatic plants, feed rations

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