The Effects Of The Ingestion Of Single And Combined Dietary Antioxidant Vitamins On Blood And Electrolyte Parameters Of Growing Pigs
Volume 4 - Issue 5, May 2020 Edition
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Ntinya C. Johnson , Oladimeji S. Popoola
Antioxidant Vitamins, Haematology, Electrolytes and Pig.
Haematological and electrolyte responses of growing pigs to ingestion of single and combined antioxidant vitamins were investigated. 36 pigs of average body weight (BW) of 6 ± 0.79 were randomly divided into one of six experimental groups. The animals received similar commercial diet for one week after which they were offered their experimental diets at 5% of their BW. Animals ingested dietary antioxidant vitamins as: To (control diet – contained vitamins at their basal levels); TA (200mg of vitamin A); TC (200mg of vitamin C); TAC (100mg of vitamin A + 100mg of vitamin C); TAE (100mg of vitamin A + 100mg of vitamin E) and TCE (100mg of vitamin C + 100mg of vitamin E)/kg of diet, respectively for 4 weeks. Packed cell volume (PCV), haemoglobin (Hb), red blood cell (RBC) and white blood cell (WBC) levels of animals on the combined vitamin diets were significantly (P < 0.05) better than the control and single vitamin diets. Concentrations of electrolytes were similar (P > 0.05). It was concluded that combined dietary antioxidant vitamins at 200mg/kg of diet better improved haematological parameters but had no effects on serum electrolytes.
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