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1 September 2003 EFFECTIVE USE OF TEA TO LIMIT DIETARY IRON AVAILABLE TO STARLINGS (STURNUS VULGARIS)
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Wild-caught starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) were fed an iron-enriched diet, with or without supplemental black tea leaves, to determine whether tea-derived tannins would prevent intestinal iron absorption. Hepatic biopsies were obtained to determine hepatic iron concentrations by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Hepatic iron concentrations increased significantly (P = 0.04) in 21 birds that consumed only the iron-enriched diet for 6 mo but not in the 20 birds that consumed the iron-enriched diet with tea leaf supplementation for the same time period.

Bob Seibels, Nadine Lamberski, Christopher R. Gregory, Kerri Slifka, and Ann E. Hagerman "EFFECTIVE USE OF TEA TO LIMIT DIETARY IRON AVAILABLE TO STARLINGS (STURNUS VULGARIS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 34(3), 314-316, (1 September 2003). https://doi.org/10.1638/02-088
Received: 25 November 2002; Published: 1 September 2003
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