Miśta, Dorota; Króliczewska, Boż:ena; Zawadzki, Wojciech
January 2008
Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Przyrodniczego we Wroclawiu: Biolog;2008, Vol. 56 Issue 566, p123
Academic Journal
Baical skullcap is a valuable but little-known medicine plant in Poland. Its therapeutic properties are related to flavonoids content. The use of this plant in feeding of hypercholesterolemic rabbits made the authors investigate its effect on caecal microflora activity. Changes in feeding may modify fermented contents of the caecum, and consequently, the activity of microorganisms and the fermentation pattern. The research was conducted on 24 White New Zealand rabbits. The animals were divided into four groups: control group - fed with the standard mixture, group I - fed with the standard mixture with cholesterol addition, group II - fed with the standard mixture with cholesterol and baical skullcap root addition, group III - fed with the standard mixture with baical skullcap root addition. The rabbits were slaughtered after 6 weeks to receive the caeca. Chyme reaction and volatile fatty acids (acetic, propionic and butyric), lactic acid and ammonia concentration in the caecal content were measured. Scullap root addition caused slight changes concerning VFA molar proportions, thus a decrease in acetate and propionate percentage and increase in butyrate percentage were noticed. The highest percentage of acetate was found in the group of animals fed with the mixture with cholesterol (64,51 mol%), and the lowest (61,77 mol%) in the group which received scullap root addition. The lowest propionate (8,37 mol%) and the highest butyrate percentage (27,14 mol%) were also noticed in the group which received skullcap addition. The inconsiderable changes mentioned above prove that there are not any unfavourable impacts of baical skullcap root on caecal microflora processes in rabbits.


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