The challenge in modern animal production is to develop non-antibiotic feed additives that promote animal health in general and gut health particularly in order to improve animal performance and productivity. Alpha-monoglycerides are a class of glycerides that are composed of a fatty acid linked to the sn1-position of glycerol through an ester bond and are known for their strong antimicrobial effects. These elements are generally found in the mother’s milk so children get this antibacterial resistance from that. But these elements are also found in coconut and the products alternative to antibiotic are made through it. The strong covalent bond of Alpha monoglycerides results in multiple benefits compared to Antibiotics. Alpha-monoglycerides are pH independent and consequently do not dissociate, non-volatile, non-corrosive and heat stable during feed processing. Furthermore, alpha monoglycerides have a neutral taste and odor. Consequently, they are active in four different environments: water, feed, stomach, and the intestinal tract. Monoglycerides based products are available in dry and liquid form. Some of these products are also applied via drinking water. Alpha-Monoglycerides have a much stronger antibacterial effect compared to their corresponding free fatty acids and it is also more cost effective than currently available antibiotics.
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