Nutraceuticals and its application in livestock
Anamika Pandey, Mayank Patel, Shamshad Ali, Preeti Verma and Prem Kumar
Livestock production plays a pivotal role in meeting the growing global demand for animal-based protein and other valuable products. To enhance production efficiency, optimize animal health, and address sustainability concerns, researchers and livestock producers have turned to nutraceuticals—bioactive compounds derived from natural sources with potential health benefits. Nutraceuticals (such as probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, and herbs/spices) is backed by scientific and empirical research on these alternatives as herbs and their extracts (botanicals) have been found to have a wide range of activity which cannot only stimulate feed intake but also stimulate endogenous secretions or have antimicrobial, coccidiostat, or anthelmintic activity. Ban of antibiotic use as growth promoters, cost-effectiveness, and increased awareness about harmful residual effect cause herbal feed additive to gain importance in sustainable livestock production. Medicinal properties of the herbs to improve antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, digestibility, and immune-stimulant activity must be explored in the feeding of animals. Nutraceuticals is a broad umbrella term used to describe any product derived from food sources that provides extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. Standardization of correct dosage regime of nutraceuticals for a particular function is the demand of situation so more research should be conducted in this direction. Additionally, compliance with regulatory guidelines and considerations of cost-effectiveness are essential. The application of nutraceuticals in livestock production represents a promising avenue for meeting the demands of a growing global population while addressing sustainability and animal welfare concerns. Continued research and innovation in this field hold the potential to revolutionize the way we approach and enhance livestock production for a more sustainable and productive future.
How to cite this article:
Anamika Pandey, Mayank Patel, Shamshad Ali, Preeti Verma and Prem Kumar. Nutraceuticals and its application in livestock. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023; 12(10S): 1775-1779.