Phytogenics FAQs

Phytogenics are standardized, specific, and science-based combinations of bioactive compounds derived from or inspired by the plant universe, offering benefits for animals, people, or the environment.

Sometimes, the term “essential oils” is synonymously used for phytogenics. However, essential oils represent only one group of substances in the phytogenic universe.

Besides essential oils, substances such as tannins, mucilages, flavonoids, saponins, bitter substances, and spicy substances complete the phytogenic universe.

Phytogenics can be successfully implemented in conventional, AGP (antibiotic growth promoter)-free or antibiotic-free nutrition programs. The first step for determining a feeding strategy is to evaluate the goals for production and desired benefits of the inclusion of phytogenic solutions, and then consider the modes of action of the products. Phytogenics offer complex modes of action that can support growth performance.

Naturally, the duration of phytogenic product inclusion will depend on the goal for production and beneficial effects calculated with consideration to a cost and benefits balance. Feeding phytogenic products with broad efficacy and proven effects is recommended during the entire growth period.

At Delacon, we typically do not use essential oils alone. The effects of combining essential oils with other phytogenic ingredients that have complementary or synergistic modes of action are generally greater than the effects of a single ingredient.

As active substances in plants have natural variations, strict quality management processes must be employed to ensure consistent phytogenic product quality.

All of the sources of the individual phytogenic compounds in our products have been assessed for safety. Combinations are tested first in tissue culture models to confirm there are no antagonistic effects in animals.