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J Zoo Wildl Med. 2003 Sep;34(3):314-6.

Effective use of tea to limit dietary iron available to starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).

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Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens, Columbia, South Carolina 29202, USA.

Abstract

Wild-caught starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) were fed an iron-enriched diet, with or without supplemental black tea leaves, to determine whether tea-derived tannins would prevent intestinal iron absorption. Hepatic biopsies were obtained to determine hepatic iron concentrations by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Hepatic iron concentrations increased significantly (P = 0.04) in 21 birds that consumed only the iron-enriched diet for 6 mo but not in the 20 birds that consumed the iron-enriched diet with tea leaf supplementation for the same time period.

PMID:
14582799
DOI:
10.1638/02-088
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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