Animal Feed Additives
Prebiotics are compounds in food that induce the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. The most common example is in the gastrointestinal tract, where prebiotics can alter the composition of organisms in the gut microbiome.
Dietary prebiotics are typically nondigestible fiber compounds that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth or activity of advantageous bacteria that colonize the large bowel, by acting as substrate for them. They were first identified and named in 1995 with the following definition: a substrate that is selectively used by a host microorganism to produce a health benefit.
Thus, consumption of prebiotics may facilitate the health of the host. Plant-derived carbohydrate compounds, called oligosaccharides, are the main source of prebiotics that have been identified. Specifically, fructans and galactans are two oligosaccharide sources, which have been found to stimulate the activity and growth of beneficial bacterial colonies in the gut.
Fermacto is comprised of Aspergillus meal. The dried mycelium of the Aspergillus sp. that supports the bacteria and allows it to propagate, producing increased levels of short chained organic acids, shown to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria and provide a source of energy. Fermacto establishes a beneficial intestine microbial balance. This advantageous balance creates a probiotic environment that promotes early intestinal maturity and leads to improved productivity and uniformity.