Main benefits of the garlic in intestine
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a plant native to central Asia and used for culinary and medicinal purposes since Ancient times. It is very rich in pronutrients, especially those containing sulfur as alliin and its derivative allicin, but also ajoene, diallilsulfide, ditiine, S-allilcistine.
In veterinary, allicin is used in poultry, pigs and ruminants for its beneficial effects on intestinal health. Its most important effects are the following:
The first to describe the microbicidal effects of garlic juice was Louis Pasteur. Garlic has a broad spectrum of activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative, and anthelmintic properties. It has been used as a natural alternative to antibiotic growth promoters.
2) Intestinal Conditioner
The addition of garlic extract increased villi height and crypt depth of small intestine epithelium.
Feed use is proportional to the surface of epithelium that is in contact with intestinal contents and is also related to the integrity of the tissue. Increased villi height and increased crypt depth imply a greater contact surface which will result in better absorption of nutrients.
3) Improvement of intestinal calcium absorption
Garlic extract promotes intestinal calcium absorption, by modulating some of the enzymes involved, such as intestinal alkaline phosphatase and ATPase activated by calcium. It can be used for example in layers feed and also as an ingredient in natural products to replace the enzyme phytase.
Garlic also has beneficial properties outside the digestive system, like immunostimulant, but these properties will be described in another blog.
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