What is a Mycotoxin Binder? [Your Animal Nutrition Questions Answered]

What is a Mycotoxin Binder? [Your Animal Nutrition Questions Answered]


What is the mycotoxin binder? A mycotoxin binder is a substance that is added to animal feed in small quantities in order
to trap mycotoxins preventing them from entering the bloodstream where they can
cause a serious harm to your animals. I’m going to explain to you how mycotoxin
binders work how effective they are and how to achieve absolute protection. A
mycotoxin binder binds mycotoxins such as aflatoxin which has a polar and
flat chemical structures. Picture a sandwich. Aflatoxin is the meat and the
layers of the binding substance are the two slices of bread.
Once the mycotoxin enters the binder layers the electric force generated by
the atoms of both compounds tightens the bond. Certain materials are better at
binding than others silicates clays yeast and charcoal are a few examples of
binder materials. In an evaluation of 300 commercially available products tested
for the absorption capacity only high quality bentonite was able to bind more
than 90 percent of 4,000 parts per billion of aflatoxin b1 and a pH of 5.
Adsorption not absorption is a scientific term for the immobilization
of a molecule by a binder. In other words adsorption means binding. Here is a tip:
when choosing a mycotoxin binder look for one that’s specific which means it
only binds mycotoxins. A nonspecific binder will absorb other nutrients such
as vitamins and minerals reducing the nutritional value of your feed. While a
good binder will immobilize aflatoxins and even endotoxins there are other
mycotoxins they cannot be bound because their structures are less flat and less
polar than aflatoxins. Tricothecenes fumonisins and zearalenone requires
orthr mitigation strategies. The annual BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey reveals that
animal feeds typically contain a cocktail of different mycotoxins which
is why the best protection against mycotoxins is a mycotoxin deactivator
that uses multiple strategies including absorption, biotransformation and bioprotection. To learn more about mycotoxins visit mycotoxins.info For strategies to
protect your animals visit BIOMIN.net. If you are on social media you
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sandwich?

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