β-Mannans: the problem component in soybean meal
β-Mannans (beta-galactomannans) are antinutritive fibers found in common feed ingredients, including soybean meal and other leguminous feeds.1 β-Mannans have a molecular pattern similar to some pathogens, which triggers a Feed-Induced Immune Response (FIIR) in poultry.2-3 This unnecessary innate immune system stimulation consumes energy and other valuable nutrients.
Hemicell® (β-mannanase) is a nutrient-sparing enzyme that breaks down β-mannans
Most enzyme products are energy-releasing enzymes—they "open up" feed components the animal is unable to access on its own. Hemicell is different—it's a unique and patented energy-sparing enzyme. By breaking down β-mannans in soybean meal,3-4 Hemicell minimizes the metabolizable energy (ME) loss caused by the FIIR from β-mannans, allowing more energy to be available for growth and performance.4