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25 Oct 2022

Beneficial effects of Moringa leaves for poultry diets

Scientific research has demonstrated that including Moringa oleifera in chicken diets could improve their growth and productivity...

Beneficial effects of Moringa leaves for poultry diets

Scientific research has demonstrated that including Moringa oleifera in chicken diets could improve their growth and productivity. Although all parts of the plant are used for nutritional objectives, the positive results on broilers could be due to the beneficial effects of this plant in terms of phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins contained in the leaves.

It has been reported that Moringa leaves are rich in nutrients such as iron, protein, carotenoids, and ascorbic acids. Therefore, its use on animal feed leads to better feed intake and profitability.

Alternatively, Moringa oleifera leaves could substitute traditional harvests for more effective, economic, eco-friendly, and safe production

Among the positive effects of Moringa oleifera leaves on poultry diets it can be highlighted:

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A study in broilers demonstrated that Moringa oleifera could "replace soybean at 25% of the total diet without negatively affecting growth performance, feed intake, and feed conversion".

In another research, broilers supplemented with 5% of M. oleifera leaf meal during 7 weeks ate more feed, gaining more weight, and converted feed more efficiently.

On laying hens, 10% of M. oleifera leaf meal has been recommended as a long-term feed additive, demonstrating a better yolk color without negatively impacting the egg production rate.

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Despite all these benefits, M. oleifera has some adverse effects, especially in mineral and protein metabolism, because of the antinutritional factors such as trypsin inhibitors, phytates, tannins, oxalates, cyanide, and saponins.

In conclusion, "Leaf meal has been associated with significant economic benefits, no adverse side effects, and [register] even improved growth and product quality at appropriate dietary integration levels (5−10% in broiler diets and 10% in layer diets)."

More research is needed to extend the use of this feed ingredient widely in poultry diets reducing the adverse effects due to the presence of antinutritional factors.

Reference: M. E. Abd El-Hack, A. H. Alqhtani, A. A. Swelum, M.T. El-Saadony, H. M. Salem, A. O. Babalghith, A. E. Taha, O. Ahmed, M. Abdo, K. A. El-Tarabily. Pharmacological, nutritional and antimicrobial uses of Moringa oleifera Lam. leaves in poultry nutrition: an updated knowledge. Poultry Science. Volume 101. Issue 9, 2022. 102031. ISSN 0032-5791. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2022.102031.

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