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Description of Sodium Propionate
Sodium propionate is the sodium salt of propionic acid. It belongs to a group of compounds known as propionates. It is a type of food additive that is commonly used in animal nutrition. In animal nutrition, sodium propionate is primarily used as a preservative and a source of energy for livestock and poultry.
Application of Sodium Propionate
- Acts as an effective preservative in animal feed, inhibiting the growth of mold and fungi, thereby extending the shelf life and preserving the quality of the feed
- Serves as a readily available energy source for ruminants, supporting their metabolic needs and overall health, particularly during periods of high energy demand
- Helps in maintaining the health of the gastrointestinal tract in animals
- In dairy cows, it is used to prevent ketosis, especially during early lactation, by providing an additional energy source.
- Strengthening the immune system in animals, aiding them in resisting infections and diseases more effectively