Chromium is Essential for Production Success
KemTRACE™ Chromium, a highly bioavailable, organic source of chromium, is essential in helping swine, beef and dairy cattle optimize energy use. The primary role of chromium in nutrient metabolism is to potentiate the action of insulin and improve glucose utilization in animals. Improving glucose utilization in cows and pigs can improve maintenance, reproduction, growth, performance and immunity.
For more than 20 years, Kemin has collaborated with nutritionists, producers, and professors to create a better understanding of the impacts of chromium supplementation in cows and pigs. Since 2000, KemTRACE Chromium has been successfully part of swine diets, and in 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitted KemTRACE Chromium in cattle diets. Today, KemTRACE Chromium is the only permitted source of chromium available in U.S. beef and dairy diets.
Chromium and Glucose Metabolism
By using different digestive processes, cows and pigs digest feed into carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose. Glucose enters the blood and is transported to different organs in the body. When the blood reaches the pancreas, beta cells inside the pancreas detect the rising glucose levels. To reduce the glucose level, beta cells release insulin into the bloodstream. As blood circulates through the animal, insulin and glucose exit the bloodstream into tissues to reach the animal’s cells. Many of the animal’s cells have certain receptors on their surfaces that bind to the circulating insulin.
Chromium and Cell Function
Insulin acts like a key in a lock, to open the cell so that the circulating glucose can get inside the cell. The dietary trace element, chromium, is necessary to optimize the activation of the insulin receptor so more glucose can get into the cell. A maximum of four chromium molecules may bind to one insulin receptor, which can lead to an eight-fold difference in insulin receptor activation. Adding supplemental KemTRACE Chromium to the diet provides the additional chromium for insulin receptor activation. Chromium enhances this reaction, causing more glucose to get into the cell. The additional glucose will allow for more energy to be available for proper cell function.
Chromium Minimizes Stress Challenges
It’s essential for pigs and cows to efficiently use the energy provided in the feed. This is particularly important when feed intake is compromised during periods of stress, extreme temperatures, or immune challenges. From university research to on-the-farm results, KemTRACE Chromium plays an important role in glucose uptake, cellular energy, production and profitability.
Commitment to Quality and Food Safety
Since earning the prestigious Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition at its Des Moines, Iowa, manufacturing facility in February 2013, Kemin Industries remains a leader in the production of safe, quality ingredients. The recognition reinforced the company’s investment in human and financial capital to enhance existing conditions and processes, verifying its products are safe, efficient and effective until they reach the end consumer. Kemin has the FSSC 22000:2013 certification, recognized by GFSI, which is accepted by food manufacturers worldwide.
Solutions Driven, Customer Committed
Through TOTAL NUTRITION™, Kemin offers a range of nutritional solutions for raising healthy animals. Kemin understands our customers want to raise healthy livestock and poultry giving consumers the nutritional and health benefits they are looking for, while also returning a profit. Kemin offers products and services to help achieve safe, healthy and efficient solutions for today’s competitive marketplace.