Seabuckthorn berries and glucomannan fiber were shown to be effective in block immune suppression induced by giving a fungal toxin to young chickens in an experimental setting. The success of the treatment was verified by blood testing.
The toxin was the result of growing a fungus, Fusarium sporotrichioides, on wheat. The fungus and the toxin were added to the diet as were the seabuckthorn and the glucomannan.
The result was that seabuckthorn was able to prevent the toxin from producing immunosuppression. But, the combination was able to prevent the widespread toxicity to the animals better together.
NOTE: Fusarium sporotrichioides is a fungus. It produces a mycotoxin which can impair immunity, destroy the bone marrow and causes digestive tract inflammation. It has been the cause of epidemics in the past.
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Ramasamy, T., et al. Immunoprotective Effect of Seabuckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) and Glucomannan on T-2 Toxin-Induced Immunodepression in Poultry. Vet Med Int. 2010 Dec 1;2010:149373. College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Himachal Pradesh Palamput, India.
KEY WORDS: Bone marrow, Fungus, Fusarium, Glucomannan, Hippophae rhamnoides, Immune, Immunoglobulin, Immunoprotection, Immunosuppression, Seabuckthorn berries, Toxin, Toxicity, Wheat.