Title:Flavonoidok - új lehetőségek az állatgyógyászatban
SUMMARY The authors present the health effect of flavonoid compounds, based on the current literature. Dietary flavonoids demonstrate various beneficial health effects including cardioprotective, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic as well as antiinflammatory activity. The authors briefly review the structural properties of flavonoids, then their absorption and metabolism are discussed. The mechanisms underlying the positive health effects mentioned above are also specified. While flavonoid research primarily focuses on the treatment and prevention of human diseases, veterinary relations could be important, as well. Flavonoids could be used to destruct many pathogens such as Porcine Endemic Diarrhea Virus or Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus. Enhancing the immune effect of vaccines (e.g. Newcastle Disease Virus) and immunomodulatory action of flavonoids in case of pigs and poultry should also be underlined.