Coccidiosis prevention and treatment accounts for significant amounts of the poultry industries spending. A protozoan parasite of the genus Emeria reproduces in the walls of the animal’s intestines, causing damage to gut tissue, and impeding nutrient absorption. Coccidiosis spreads rapidly and can have enormous financial implications for the producer. In recent years, resistance to coccidial drugs by the Emeria genus has been a growing concern, and the use of antibiotics in animal feeding has been under much scrutiny regarding food safety. As a result, many countries have prohibited the use of several available anticoccidial drugs.
It’s been found that Saponins interfere with the cholesterol in the membrane of the protozoa, and are able to inhibit their development, ultimately resulting in the death of the parasite.
In addition to its effectiveness as a coccidiostat, the inclusion of saponin in the poultry diet has been found to improve nutrient absorption by the animal, as well as improve the animal’s nonspecific immunity.
Seaweed controls the release of saponin, so that it’s action as a coccidiostat is continuous and sustained, unlike current products on the market, whereby there is only a short reaction and release. In addition, research supports that the prebiotics found in seaweed have been attributed to decreased coccidia replication. Of course, these factors are in addition to the many useful minerals, trace elements, and vitamins the seaweed contributes, improving overall animal health and performance.
The synergistic actions of Saponin and Seaweed come together in ADDiCAN’s unique product, SapKelp, offering producers the only sustained release coccidiostat on the market.
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