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Effects of Dietary Vitamin E on Fertility Functions in Poultry Species

Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University, Anseong, Gyeonggi-do 456-756, Korea
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(5), 9910-9921; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms16059910
Received: 25 February 2015 / Revised: 17 April 2015 / Accepted: 24 April 2015 / Published: 30 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Reproductive Biology)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: vitamin E; fertility functions; poultry species vitamin E; fertility functions; poultry species
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Rengaraj, D.; Hong, Y.H. Effects of Dietary Vitamin E on Fertility Functions in Poultry Species. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 9910-9921. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms16059910

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Rengaraj D, Hong YH. Effects of Dietary Vitamin E on Fertility Functions in Poultry Species. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2015; 16(5):9910-9921. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms16059910

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Rengaraj, Deivendran; Hong, Yeong H. 2015. "Effects of Dietary Vitamin E on Fertility Functions in Poultry Species" Int. J. Mol. Sci. 16, no. 5: 9910-9921. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms16059910

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