Antioxidant and antifungal properties of Orego-Stim
In the last few years, a range of naturally occurring antioxidants including extracts of herbs and spices have been studied for their potential to protect lipids and vitamins in feed from the process of peroxidation. Herbs of the Labiatae family, such as oregano, exhibit substantial antioxidant activity and might be useful in animal diets.
Orego-Stim contains bioflavonoids which act as antioxidants that prevent the process of peroxidation and the degradation of lipids and vitamins within the feed.
According to a study conducted by Dr. Joseph Mercola that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in November 2001, based on a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano ranked even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables, which are known to be high in antioxidants.
In comparison to the antioxidant activities of a few select fruits and vegetables, the potency of oregano ranks supreme. Oregano has 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries.
The antifungal properties of essential oils from medicinal as well as other edible plants have been recognized since ancient times. Oregano, which is used as a food-flavouring agent, possesses a broad spectrum of antifungal activities attributed to the high content of its phenolic derivatives, carvacrol and thymol.
Oil of oregano can kill or inhibit the growth of virtually any fungus. It is known that Orego-Stim acts as a mould inhibitor at inclusion rates as low as 40g per tonne. Therefore, when Orego-Stim is used at the normally recommended inclusion rates, there would be mould-inhibiting properties in the feed.
In most countries, the prevention of viral diarrhoea in piglets seemed to be limited to promoting the spread of infection to gilts and sows to ensure that they develop a high level of antibodies prior to farrowing. However, in a breakthrough of technological advancement, the latest solution to this problem lies with Orego-Stim.
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