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1 Zhang Naifeng’s team at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences found that medium-chain fatty acids can improve diarrhea in piglets

When it comes to piglet diarrhea, we can’t help but think of those lovely piglets, they are the stars of the pig farm! But although they are naturally cute, diarrhea often makes them unhappy. So why does diarrhea happen? Medium-chain fatty acids can improve diarrhea in piglets

There are a lot of reasons. Sometimes it’s because they’ve eaten dirty food, like the piglets have been obsessed with “junk food.” Sometimes it’s because they’re fed too much fat and sugar, and their digestive systems aren’t fully developed. Whatever the reason, diarrhea is hard for piglets to bear.When the piglets have diarrhea, even if they are troubled, the farmers will find ways to solve the problem.The usual solutions are: 1, Improve the feed formula to ensure the balance of protein, fiber and nutrients; 2, Pay attention to maintain the hygiene and quality of feed. Ensure that the food fed to the piglets is clean and hygienic; 3, Actively use probiotics and other health promotion agents to help piglets establish a healthy intestinal ecosystem, just like inserting a “good bacterial army” in the belly of piglets, they can protect the health of the intestine.Still, piglet diarrhea has not been completely defeated, so is there a more efficient and reliable way to do it?                                       Currently, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences researcher Zhang Naifeng team found a “ultimate weapon” against piglet diarrhea – medium chain fatty acids, the study found: medium chain fatty acids can improve the weaning piglets by improving the immune and antioxidant capacity, effectively improve the diarrhea problem.

Article link:https://www.chinajan.com/CN/10.12418/CJAN2023.270

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FIG. 1 Effects of MCFA on fecal score and diarrhea rate of weaned piglets

 

FIG. 1 Effects of MCFA on fecal score and diarrhea rate of weaned piglets

 

FIG. 2 Effect of MCFA on serum antioxidant indexes of weaned piglets

FIG. 2 Effect of MCFA on serum antioxidant indexes of weaned piglets

FIG. 3 Effect of MCFA on serum immune indexes of weaned piglets

FIG. 3 Effect of MCFA on serum immune indexes of weaned piglets

Why are medium-chain fatty acids so effective?

1,Medium chain fatty acids can improve the activity of antioxidant enzymes, such as SOD, GSH-Px, improve the antioxidant capacity in the body, resist the attack of free radicals, protect cells from oxidative stress damage, and maintain intestinal health.

2,The knife resists the attack of the white base, protects cells from oxidative stress and maintains intestinal health.2Supplementation of medium chain fatty acids can promote the synthesis of immunoglobulin IgG, IgA and IgM, effectively improve the immune capacity of piglets, and thus enhance their ability to resist diarrhea.

In addition,

  • Medium chain fatty acids have several ways to protect against piglet diarrhea.Medium chain fatty acids can regulate the balance of intestinal floraPiglet diarrhea is often accompanied by intestinal flora imbalance, and MCFA can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote the reproduction of beneficial bacteria, maintain the stability of intestinal flora, and enhance the intestinal defense ability against pathogenic bacteria, thus reducing the occurrence of diarrhea.
  • Medium-chain fatty acids also provide energyCompared with long-chain fatty acids, MCFA is more easily absorbed and utilized by the intestine, can be quickly converted into energy, reduce consumption of piglets, help improve immunity and resistance, and accelerate intestinal tissue repair and recovery.

 

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