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Mineral source and immune response in nursery pigs

Piglets fed a higher quality source of trace minerals, such as IntelliBond hydroxychloride trace minerals during a chronic immune challenge, produce fewer pro-inflammatory cytokines. That can reduce excessive energy expenditure by the immune system, thereby saving energy for growth.

Trace minerals including zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), and manganese (Mn) play an important role in the immune system and are essential for animal performance. Zinc helps maintain skin integrity and mucosal membranes (as a co-factor for metallo-enzymes required for cell membrane repair), and promotes activation and proliferation of T-lymphocytes. Copper is a cofactor of cellular metabolic reactions and copper-dependent enzymes. Several of these enzymes play an important role in antioxidant defense of the body, while working within the macrophages to combat certain infectious agents. Manganese is another trace mineral that is a co-factor to several enzymes and helps protect DNA against oxidative damage.

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