Why Is Yucca Extract Called “Deodorant”?

Yucca extract can reduce ammonia and deodorize, and is one of the common additives in pet diets. So, do you know how yucca extract reduces ammonia and deodorizes? What factors will affect the effect of yucca extract in reducing ammonia and deodorizing? How to use it on pets?

Why use yucca extract?

Several questions were raised in the latest annual meeting of the American pet food industry union. One of the questions was the scope of action of yucca extract as an addition to cat and dog food. So when I saw it, I wanted to discuss this plant ingredient with you. Yucca, commonly known as pineapple, is a silk plant of the agave family. It is originally produced in the United States and is also partly produced in my country. It is often used as a tree species for urban greening. With the development of science, the substances extracted by scientists from yucca, namely yucca extract, have a special physiological structure and strong resistance to harmful gases, so they are widely used as additives in animal husbandry production. And food production. Of course, it is obvious that as a pet food, yucca extract is also a very good additive. Its main component is a complex of some saponins and sugars. Due to its special physiological mechanism, it has a strong adsorption capacity for organic gases, which can reduce the concentration of harmful gases such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, and has a great effect in improving the environment for keeping pets at home. At the same time, it can also enhance physical fitness and stimulate the circulation and respiratory system, so it has been widely studied and applied in pet food. In foreign countries, yucca extract has already entered commercial production. In the field of plant extraction, especially developed countries such as the United States and Europe, yucca has already been commercialized. In recent years, the domestic yucca market has become increasingly mature, and it has been accepted by more and more manufacturers as food additives for humans and animal feed.

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What are the main ingredients of yucca extract?

Yucca extract is an additive product extracted and processed from the Yucca Linfenglan plant. Its main active ingredients are: saponins, polysaccharides and polyphenols.

(1) Saponins

Yucca genus Linfenglan is rich in natural steroid saponins. It contains both water-soluble groups and fat-soluble groups. It is a natural detergent and surfactant, which can promote the emulsification of oils. Its emulsifying properties can make More monoglycerides are absorbed and utilized, thereby increasing the utilization rate of oils. Because of its special chemical structure, steroid saponins are difficult to pass through the digestive tract epithelial cells, so they can exert their unique physiological functions in the intestine: First, steroid saponins have surface active effects, which can change the membrane of digestive tract epithelial cells. Shape, reduce the surface tension of the cell membrane, and promote the absorption of nutrients; second, steroid saponins can bind to the cholesterol on the cell membrane to form an irreversible complex excreted from the body, thereby increasing the permeability of the small intestinal mucosal cells, which is more conducive to nutrition Substances are absorbed through the intestinal wall; third, it has a certain inhibitory effect on pathogens, which can optimize the structure of intestinal flora and inhibit the activity of protozoa (coccidia, etc.), fungi and nematodes (affect the permeability of pathogen cell membranes); fourth; , Saponins also have good immune stimulating properties and can increase the immune function of the animal body.

(2) Polysaccharides

Polysaccharide is an important active ingredient in Yucca Linfenglan. It is a linear or branched functional oligosaccharide formed by multiple monosaccharides connected by glycosidic bonds, and is not affected by the digestive enzymes secreted by the animal itself. Or digestion, but after entering the back segment of the intestine, it can be used as nutrients by intestinal probiotics such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli to promote the proliferation and growth of beneficial bacteria. It is a high-efficiency proliferation factor for beneficial bacteria. In addition, polysaccharides It can also significantly inhibit the reproduction of harmful bacteria, effectively adjust the structure of the normal intestinal flora, promote pig intestinal health, and facilitate the digestion, absorption and utilization of nutrients (amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc.). Polysaccharides can also combine with ammonia molecules to produce non-toxic amides, which can be fully utilized by microorganisms in the intestinal flora, reducing the utilization of protein, and reducing the ammonia concentration to maintain the normal acid-base balance of the intestinal tract , So that the digestive enzyme activity is higher, and the digestion of nutrients is more complete.

(3) Polyphenols

It mainly contains two unique polyphenols, resveratrol and linfenglan polyphenol, which have the ability to bind amino groups in amino acids. Therefore, scientists speculate that these two components in linfenglan also have a strong role in binding ammonia.

How does yucca extract reduce ammonia and deodorize?

Yucca is an ancient plant native to the deserts of North America. Yucca extract contains polyphenols, polysaccharides, saponins and a variety of functional substances. These active substances are the key to reducing ammonia and deodorizing.

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Polysaccharides and polyphenol compounds can bind to ammonia, and the nitrogen compounds formed by the combination of polysaccharides and ammonia can be fully utilized by intestinal microorganisms, which not only reduces the mass concentration of ammonia, reduces the stimulation and damage of ammonia to the intestinal mucosa, but also improves The utilization rate of nitrogen in the feed is improved, and the emission of nitrogenous substances in the feces is reduced. At the same time, the decrease in intestinal ammonia concentration helps to maintain intestinal acid-base balance and regulate the intestinal microenvironment, promote the balance of intestinal flora, improve digestive enzyme activity, and allow pets to better absorb nutrients. Saponins have surface activity, can form complexes with cholesterol on cell membranes, affect the permeability of intestinal epithelial cells, and reduce membrane surface tension; saponins also have antibacterial activity, which can inhibit harmful bacteria and reduce the risk of infection by pathogenic bacteria. To maintain pet intestinal health.

Therefore, the use of yucca extract can not only reduce the concentration of exogenous ammonia, create a clean and clean air environment, but also reduce the concentration of endogenous ammonia and help promote pet intestinal health.

The Function and Mechanism of Yucca Plant Extract

Reduce the emission of harmful gases and improve the environment of the livestock house

Yucca plant extracts can not only reduce the production of harmful gases such as ammonia and methane in the animal body, but also reduce the emission of elements such as nitrogen and phosphorus, thereby improving the environment of the livestock house. Its mechanism of action: (1) Yucca extract is a urease inhibitor, which can not only inhibit the decomposition of urea into ammonia, but also promote microorganisms to convert ammonia into microbial protein, thereby reducing the production of ammonia in feces and urine. (2) Yucca extracts can directly adsorb and bind harmful gases such as ammonia in the environment. (3) Yucca extract can prevent the nitrification of nitrogen in feces and urine, so that nitrogen exists in the form of inorganic matter, thereby reducing the amount of ammonia emitted into the air.

The role of additives in pet food

Promote animal growth and improve the quality of animal products

The saponins in yucca plant extracts can reduce the concentration of ammonia, reduce the proliferation of intestinal tissues, slow down its renewal, and reduce the consumption of energy, protein and oxygen. Yucca extract also has certain biological activity, which can stimulate anaerobic fermentation, promote rumen fermentation, and increase microbial protein synthesis. It can slow the passage of food through the digestive tract, increase serum creatine and insulin levels, and improve meat quality.

Promote the digestion and absorption of feed nutrients and increase feed returns

The saponins in yucca plant extracts can change the morphology of the epithelial cell membrane of the digestive tract, reduce the surface tension of the cell membrane, and promote the absorption of nutrients due to its special chemical structure. Secondly, saponins are difficult to pass through the epithelial cells of the digestive tract and are not absorbed in the animal intestines, which can delay the passage of digestive tract contents, thereby improving digestibility.

Strengthen the body’s immunity and prevent the occurrence of diseases

Yucca plant extract has the function of thickening the intestinal mucosa of animals, can prevent the invasion of certain viruses, inhibit the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract by viruses and harmful bacteria, and inhibit their proliferation in the digestive tract, while reducing the ammonia in the livestock house Concentration, reduce the occurrence of respiratory diseases and avoid animal nervous system disorders caused by this.