Creatine is one of the leading dietary supplements in the human sports nutrition sector. It provides balanced muscle metabolism and ensures healthy muscle growth.
So it was a clear choice to use creatine in animal nutrition as well. Due to the advantageous stability properties of complex feed mixtures and their production, the biological precursor guanidinoacetic acid (GAA, brand name Creamino®1) was developed for use in animal nutrition and approved in 2009.
Guanidinoacetic acid is converted to creatine in the body, proving its effect as an energy supplier by improving feed conversion and growth among other factors. AlzChem is meeting the growing global demand for feed additives from its production plant, which was expanded in 2015, and is currently investing in a new production plant scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Healthy muscle growth not only increases total weight, but also the proportion of muscle meat overall. Feed input quantities can be reduced by using Creamino®, and the diet can be switched to cheaper or more sustainable ingredients. Creamino® allows animal or fish meal additives to be completely done away with.
Generally positive effects on animal health can also be observed.
Administering Creamino® during pregnancy not only increases birth weight, but also reduces the mortality rate of newborn piglets.
The better feed conversion contributes to considerable cost savings in rearing fattening pigs.
Initial scientific results have indicated that Creamino® can contribute to a healthier body in pets, just as it can in humans.
1Creamino® brand from Evonik Industries AG.