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Hooda, S. and Jood, S. (2003) Physicochemical, Rheological and Organoleptic Characteristics of Wheat-Fenugreek Supplemented Blends. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 47, 265-268.

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  • TITLE: Physiological Studies on the Effect of Fenugreek on Productive Performance of White New-Zealand Rabbit Does

    AUTHORS: Hassan Abdel-Rahman, Said Ibrahim Fathalla, Mohamed Ezzat Assayed, Shimaa Ramadan Masoad, Abeer Abdelaleem Nafeaa

    KEYWORDS: Fenugreek, Rabbits, Milk Yield, Milk Composition, Phagocytic Activity, Antioxidants

    JOURNAL NAME: Food and Nutrition Sciences, Vol.7 No.13, November 18, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The objective of the current work is to investigate the possible beneficial effects of forced feeding of fenugreek to rabbit does on their milk composition, milk yield, anemia screening parameters, immunity and the growth performance of bunnies. Twenty white New Zealand female rabbits were randomly assigned into 5 groups: normal control and 4 treated groups (vehicle (molasses), fenugreek powdered seeds + molasses, sprouted fenugreek + molasses, and fenugreek oil + molasses). All treated groups took the given doses orally for two days before parturition and 13 days after parturition for 2 successive pregnancies. Blood samples were collected from each doe on the 13th day of lactation for determination of hematological, biochemical and immunological parameters. Milk samples were taken for evaluation of milk composition. All rabbit does and their bunnies were weighed for calculation of the milk yield. The fenugreek seeds and oil administered groups (G3 & G5) recorded the highest percent values of fat, protein, lactose, total solids and solid not fat contents of the rabbits’ milk in both 1st and 2nd lactation periods relative to other tested groups. At the beginning and mid of lactation periods, the milk yields recorded non-significant differences either between tested groups or between 1st and 2nd pregnancy in the same group. Whereas, at the end of lactation, germinated seeds (G4) and oil (G5) treated groups recorded significantly higher rates of milk yield relative to control and fenugreek seeds groups. Bunnies’ body weights suckling from dams of group III (G3) recorded the highest weights relative to other tested groups in both 1st and 2nd pregnancy. During the 1st lactation period, all experimental groups showed significant reduction of white blood cells, while, G3 and G4 recorded significant elevation during 2nd lactation period. Rabbits treated with fenugreek seeds powder (G3) showed a significant raise of phagocytic activity and phagocytic index. Fenugreek seeds group (G3) and germinated one (G4) showed significant red blood corpuscles and packed cell volume raise relative to other groups during both 1st and 2nd lactation periods.