Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius) is a plant of the Compositae family that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries, for its high edible and medicinal value. Safflower is native to Asia, parts of Africa and parts of the Middle East. Specific applications studied in poultry include:
Immune system: Adding 50 to 100 mg/kg of safflower oil to the diet of broilers showed it to be a beneficial immune system booster for the birds. It resulted in reduced lipid peroxidation activity, enhanced activities of antioxidative enzymes, and improved the cell-mediated immune responses.