Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by a wide variety of fungi, especially species of the genera Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Fusarium. The main mycotoxins found in animal feed are aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisins, ochratoxin A, T-2 toxin, and zearalenone. It is estimated that 50% of all agriculture commodities produced worldwide are contaminated with mycotoxins. In addition, many mycotoxigenic fungi can produce more than one mycotoxin, and several fungi species are found simultaneously in raw materials used in animal feed. Mycotoxins significantly impact animal health and cause substantial financial losses in livestock production.
When animals consume mycotoxins-contaminated feed, and during digestion, the mycotoxin molecules are released from the feed. Toxins reaching the small intestine infect intestinal cells, rupture intercellular junctions, and result in a leaky gut. This prevents nutrient digestion and absorption, impairs organ function, diminishes immune response and allows toxins to enter the blood circulation, resulting in devastating health problems and production losses.
ZeroTox® Prime applies two adsorption methods:
The unique properties of ZeroTox® Prime enable it to bind mycotoxins and reduce or prevent their absorption through the digestive tract of animals. This range of active components ensures the irreversible adsorption of a wide range of mycotoxins, including Aflatoxins, Ochratoxin, Zearalenone and T-2 toxin.
ZeroTox® Prime biological components eliminate the adverse immunosuppressive effects of mycotoxins, ensuring proper liver function, activating the immune system macrophages, and triggering a cascade of immune events, thus turning the immune system into an arsenal of defence. As a result, ZeroTox® prime increases feed intake, improves performance, and supports intestinal health.