Enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that act as biological catalysts. Like Humans, the complex biochemical reactions that make up digestion of food in Ruminants are also regulated by thousands of enzymes, each promoting a specific reaction that takes place countless number of times every day. Enzyme supplementation in farm animals can show numerous benefits, including aiding in the overall health of farm animals and increasing nutritional utilization of the food given to the animal.
Feed for Ruminants are typically composed of plant material, cereals and vegetable proteins, which cannot be fully digested and utilized by them. Enzymes are required to fully digest the food and most animals don’t have enough of the required enzymes to fully digest the food. Enzymes in feed supplements for cattle can increase weight gain by as much as from 6% TO 35% and feed conversion by up to 10% as a result of enhanced total tract digestion which results in improvement in milk production. The Digestive enzymes are specifically designed to digest the main macronutrients in foods.
Also known as “metabolic” enzymes, these enzymes are used by the body to power a number of metabolic processes. Systemic enzyme formulas will contain a broad-spectrum of various enzymes.
Digestive enzymes only conduct their actions in the stomach to digest food while systemic enzymes are enterically coated to prevent contact with the stomach acid. In this way they pass through the stomach into the intestines where they are absorbed in the bloodstream.
These systemic enzymes can help to: