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    Natuphos, Phytase


      Natuphos® makes bound phosphorus digestible

      Natuphos® is a highly efficient 3-phytase. Monogastric animals like poultry and swine lack sufficient intestinal phytase for breaking down phytate, which is present in cereal and soybean-based diets to varying extents. Hence, added to feed, Natuphos® joins the limited range of endogenous enzymes present in the gastrointestinal tract of pigs and poultry to ensure the efficient release of dietary phosphorus from phytate, thus making it readily digestible.

      Why the element phosphorus is elementary

      An essential micronutrient

      Phosphorus is an essential mineral for pigs and poultry, which require it for various biological functions. It plays a key role in bone formation and mineralization and is involved in many other metabolic processes like energy transfer as well as protein and nucleic acid assembly. Phosphorus is also one of the building blocks of cell membranes. Phosphorus deficiency causes poor bone mineralization and impairs important production parameters such as growth rate, carcass leanness and carcass quality. To ensure good animal health and performance, it is therefore essential to supply adequate amounts of phosphorus in the feed.

    Highly trusted and reliable phytase brand
    Excellent, long-proven quality
    More than 20 years of experience in safe feed formulation and phosphorus supply
    Most cited database for phytase use in feed
    High-performing microbial 3-phytase


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      Sources of phosphorus

      Feed ingredients contain varying amounts of phosphorus that is basically available for metabolic functions. However, phosphorus from feedstuffs of plant or animal origin is usually less digestible than inorganic phosphorus added to animals’ diets. The cost of inorganic phosphorus feed supplements can be quite high, depending on the supply situation. Prices are expected to rise in the long-term because known global phosphorus reserves are limited. Phosphorus use is currently increasing at a rate of over 3.2 percent annually (FAO, 2008), mainly driven by a rising need for crop fertilization. So making use of plant phosphorus by adding phytase to feed will ensure a long-term, environmentally friendly supply.

      Dosage recommendations and matrix values

      Disclaimer: National regulations may vary and need to be considered prior to product use.