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Maternal Supplementation with Herbal Antioxidants during Pregnancy in Swine



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Parraguez, Víctor H. and Sales, Francisco and Peralta, Oscar A. and De los Reyes, Mónica and Campos, Alfonso and González, Javier and Peralta, Wolfgang and Cabezón, Camila and González Bulnes, Antonio (2021) Maternal Supplementation with Herbal Antioxidants during Pregnancy in Swine. Antioxidants, 10 (5). p. 658. ISSN 2076-3921

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox10050658


The effects of a combined supplementation with herbal antioxidants during pregnancy on reproductive traits and piglet performance (number of live, dead, and mummified newborns and litter weight at birth and individual body weight at both birth and weaning) were assessed in a total of 1027 sows (504 treated and 523 control females) kept under commercial breeding conditions. The supplementation increased the number of live-born piglets (13.64 ± 0.11 vs. 12.96 ± 0.13 in the controls; p = 0.001) and the total litter weight, decreasing the incidence of low-weight piglets without affecting the number of stillbirths and mummified newborns. Such an effect was modulated by the number of parity and the supplementation, with supplementation increasing significantly the number of living newborns in the first, second, sixth, and seventh parities (0.87, 1.10, 1.49, and 2.51 additional piglets, respectively; p < 0.05). The evaluation of plasma vitamin concentration and biomarkers of oxidative stress (total antioxidant capacity, TAC, and malondialdehyde concentration, MDA) performed in a subset of farrowing sows and their lighter and heavier piglets showed that plasma levels of both vitamins were significantly higher in the piglets than in their mothers (p < 0.05 for vitamin C and p < 0.005 for vitamin E), with antioxidant supplementation increasing significantly such concentrations. Concomitantly, there were no differences in maternal TAC but significantly higher values in piglets from supplemented sows (p < 0.05). On the other hand, supplementation decreased plasma MDA levels both in the sows and their piglets (p < 0.05). Finally, the piglets from supplemented mothers showed a trend for a higher weaning weight (p = 0.066) and, specifically, piglets with birth weights above 1 kg showed a 7.4% higher weaning weight (p = 0.024). Hence, the results of the present study, with high robustness and translational value by offering data from more than 1000 pregnancies under standard breeding conditions, supports that maternal supplementation with herbal antioxidants during pregnancy significantly improves reproductive efficiency, litter traits, and piglet performance.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:antioxidants; intrauterine growth restriction; pregnancy; prolificacy; swine
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical sciences > Medicine > Toxicology
ID Code:72093
Deposited On:06 May 2022 16:12
Last Modified:09 May 2022 07:31

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