Oxygenated Drinking Water Enhances Immune Activity in Pigs and Increases Immune Responses of Pigs during Salmonella Typhimurium Infection.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University.
Journal of Veterinary Medical Science (Impact Factor: 0.88). 07/2012; DOI: 10.1292/jvms.12-0051
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT It has been considered that drinking oxygenated water improves oxygen availability, which may increase vitality and improve immune functions. The present study evaluated the effects of oxygenated drinking water on immune function in pigs. Continuous drinking of oxygenated water markedly increased peripheral blood mononuclear cell proliferation, interleukin-1β expression level and the CD4(+):CD8(+) cell ratio in pigs. During Salmonella Typhimurium infection, total leukocytes and relative cytokines expression levels were significantly increased in pigs consuming oxygenated water compared with pigs consuming tap water. These findings suggest that oxygenated drinking water enhances immune activity in pigs and increases immune responses of pigs during S. Typhimurium Infection.