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Int J Mol Sci. 2015 Apr 30;16(5):9910-21. doi: 10.3390/ijms16059910.

Effects of dietary vitamin E on fertility functions in poultry species.

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1
Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University, Anseong, Gyeonggi-do 456-756, Korea. deivendran@cau.ac.kr.
2
Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University, Anseong, Gyeonggi-do 456-756, Korea. yhong@cau.ac.kr.

Abstract

Vitamin E is found in high quantities in vegetable oils. Although vitamin E has multiple functions in humans and animals, its key function is protecting cells from oxidative damage. Since its discovery, several studies have demonstrated that vitamin E deficiency causes impaired fertility in humans and lab animals. However, the effects of vitamin E deficiency or of its supplementation on the fertility of farm animals, particularly on poultry, are less well studied. Therefore, a comprehensive review of the effects of dietary vitamin E on the fertility of poultry species is needed in order to understand the beneficial role of vitamin E in the maintenance of sperm and egg qualities. Based on the observations reviewed here, we found that a moderate amount of vitamin E in poultry diet significantly protects semen/sperm qualities in male birds and egg qualities in female birds via decreasing the lipid peroxidation in semen/sperms and eggs. This review provides an overall understanding of the effects of dietary vitamin E on fertility functions in poultry species.

PMID:
25941932
PMCID:
PMC4463624
DOI:
10.3390/ijms16059910
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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