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Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Oil as a Potential Alternative to Antibiotics in Poultry

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Department of Poultry, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig 44511, Egypt
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Biological Application Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, Abu-Zaabal 13759, Egypt
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Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Alexandria University, Edfina 22758, Egypt
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Biology Department, College of Science, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, BO. Box 24428, Riyadh 11671, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef 65211, Egypt
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Department of Poultry Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Fayoum University, Fayoum 63514, Egypt
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Received: 17 March 2020 / Revised: 9 April 2020 / Accepted: 15 April 2020 / Published: 26 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Plant-Derived Antibiotics)
The removal of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) as feed additives in poultry nutrition from the market in many countries has compelled researchers to find unconventional and safe alternatives to AGPs. Probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, organic acids, herbs, immune-stimulants and essential oils (EO) have been investigated as feed additives in poultry production. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), one of the oldest medicinal plants and widely used around the world, can be used in poultry rations in the form of powder or essential oil. Essential oils produced from aromatic plants have become more interesting owing to their potential effects as hypocholesterolaemic agents, antioxidants, antimicrobials, antifungals and stimulants of digestive enzymes. The potential insecticidal and antimicrobial activities of EO against pathogens that cause spoilage in agriculture crops and human diseases might be attributed mainly to the high content of volatile components (mainly cinnamaldehyde, eugenol and carvacrol) in cinnamon oil. The present review focuses on the effects of cinnamon oil as a feed additive on poultry performance, carcass traits, meat quality, hypocholesterolaemic impact, antioxidant activity, immunity and microbiological aspects. View Full-Text
Keywords: cinnamon; hypocholesterolaemic impact; antibiotic alternative; essential oil; poultry cinnamon; hypocholesterolaemic impact; antibiotic alternative; essential oil; poultry
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Abd El-Hack, M.E.; Alagawany, M.; Abdel-Moneim, A.-M.E.; Mohammed, N.G.; Khafaga, A.F.; Bin-Jumah, M.; Othman, S.I.; Allam, A.A.; Elnesr, S.S. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Oil as a Potential Alternative to Antibiotics in Poultry. Antibiotics 2020, 9, 210. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics9050210

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Abd El-Hack ME, Alagawany M, Abdel-Moneim A-ME, Mohammed NG, Khafaga AF, Bin-Jumah M, Othman SI, Allam AA, Elnesr SS. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Oil as a Potential Alternative to Antibiotics in Poultry. Antibiotics. 2020; 9(5):210. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics9050210

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Abd El-Hack, Mohamed E.; Alagawany, Mahmoud; Abdel-Moneim, Abdel-Moneim E.; Mohammed, Noureldeen G.; Khafaga, Asmaa F.; Bin-Jumah, May; Othman, Sarah I.; Allam, Ahmed A.; Elnesr, Shaaban S. 2020. "Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Oil as a Potential Alternative to Antibiotics in Poultry" Antibiotics 9, no. 5: 210. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics9050210

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