Nutraceuticals: An Alternative Strategy for the Use of Antimicrobials

Michael A. Ballou, Emily M. Davis, Benjamin A. Kasl

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Livestock industries strive to improve the health of their animals and, in the future, they are going to be required to do this with a continued reduction in antimicrobial use. Nutraceuticals represent a group of compounds that may help fill that void because they exert some health benefits when supplemented to livestock. This review is focused on the mechanisms of action, specifically related to the immune responses and health of ruminants. The nutraceutical classes discussed include probiotics, prebiotics, phytonutrients (essential oils and spices), and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-534
Number of pages28
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • Health
  • Immune
  • Nutraceutical
  • Phytonutrient
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acid
  • Prebiotic
  • Probiotic


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