Effective Growth Promoters are Anti-Inflammatory by Nature, as Is Evident from Omics and Simple Biomarkers

25 November 2016, at 12:00am

CANADA - Remarks by Theo A. Niewold, KU Leuven, Belgium at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.


Previously, the beneficial effects of antimicrobial growth promoters (AGP) were attributed to their antibiotic characteristics, but neither with conclusive evidence, nor plausible mechanism.

Growth (and health) in production animals is reciprocal to (intestinal) inflammation, so it seems logical that the observed effects are rather based on an anti-inflammatory mechanism.

This hypothesis has been confirmed by omics techniques, and by using simple non-invasive biomarkers in vivo. It is now very easy to successfully select effective alternatives to AGP.