Evonik has launched GuanAMINO, its own guanidinoacetic acid product (GAA) used to enhance energy metabolism in livestock production.
The product launch comes almost two years after Evonik’s former supplier terminated its agreement, although Evonik continued to supply its customers until at least the end of 2018, the company said in its announcement. The end of the previous arrangement opened options for Evonik to further develop the use of GAA in animal nutrition and supply the global market with its own GAA product.
Evonik said GuanAMINO provides farm animals with the natural creatine precursor GAA, which supplies creatine in the best way to animals, improving their performance, ensuring optimal nutrient utilization and, therefore, return over feed costs.
“GuanAMINO is the best supplemental creatine source due to its outstanding stability in feed processing and high bioavailability to the animal. Adding GuanAMINO to the feed closes the gap in creatine supply, thereby increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of nutrition and optimizing production costs of farm animals,” said Dr. Torben Madsen, head of product line sustainable healthy nutrition at Evonik Animal Nutrition.
“We are proud to achieve this major milestone on our continuous way to provide our customers the best solutions for their individual needs. With GuanAMINO, we offer our customers the best creatine source and therefore another performance enhancing solution in our portfolio for sustainable, animal protein free diets,” Madsen added.
Creatine is vital for vertebrates as it contributes to ensuring that high energy demanding cells (particularly muscles) are supplied sufficiently.
In the body, creatine is formed through methylation of GAA, which itself is formed from the amino acids glycine and arginine, Evonik explained, noting that in fast-growing animals, it is estimated that only around two-thirds of the required daily need for creatine is covered by the body’s own synthesis. The rest must be supplied via addition to the feed.
GuanAMINO is granulated, virtually dust free, free flowing and has handling characteristics that make for easy usage in daily operations, Evonik said.