Why Cidosil?

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CIDOSIL is a product made from locust bean seeds and oils microencapsulated microencapsulated with Capselos Technology, providing a very important source of mannose and all the benefits of natural protected extracts, and great effectiveness contrasted.


The microencapsulated essential oils included in Cidosil come from vegetable extracts of oregano and cinnamon, among other substances, leading to a final product rich in carvacrol, thymol and cinnamaldehyde. All of them have fundamental properties to improve the intestinal health of the production animals

Importance of the addition of locust bean:

Cidosil includes a significant amount of locust bean in its formula, processed exclusively mechanically (not chemically). This allows the conservation of all its properties and maximum richness in mannan polysaccharides, which are highly beneficial for the intestinal health of animals, thanks to its high content in mannose..

A) It interferes with the adherence of E. coli and Salmonella to intestinal epithelial cells. With a great preventive potential, it reduces the prevalence of both bacteria, thanks to its capacity of aggregation to them. It favours the elimination of Salmonella and E. coli, preventing their entry into intestinal cells (see IRTA test).

B) ) It reduces the incidence and severity of toxiinfections produced by E. coli, thanks to its capacity to neutralize bacterial enterotoxins.

C) It reduces the water activity, converting free water into bound water, thus reducing the risk of fungus appearance. In addition, it has the ability to sequester certain mycotoxins, which are frequent in feed

D) Mannose has an antibacterial action and can replace, in many cases, “MOS” products (mannano-oligosaccharides), composed of yeast walls, such as Saccharomyces cerevisae. These products are used as anti-diarrheal or conversion rate enhancers. Very often in addition to these well-known MOS, acidifiers and/or essential oils are incorporated

According to the studies carried out at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, it is concluded that Cidosil can partially retain aflatoxin, ochratoxin and DON, under laboratory conditions. The capacity of retention varies depending on the initial concentration of mycotoxins. The higher the concentration, the lower the retention capacity.



Importance of adding essential oils:

Since the ban on growth-promoting antibiotics, essential oils have been considered as an efficient alternative to control certain pathologies and improve perfrormance parameters.
As these alternatives are thought to be the tendency of the future in our sector, the deserved importance should be given to them. Despite the lack of knowledge about the action mechanisms of these substances they have proved to be very effective. In fact, their effectiveness and safety in their multiple applications have been confirmed by prestigious institutions and we are discovering new interesting benefits as we are improving our knowledge in the field.

Properties of essential oils::

Mechanism of action against microorganisms

  • Phenolic compounds (Carvacrol, thymol) when interacting with the external cellular membrane of the bacterium, mainly cause the escape of its cellular components, modify the lipidic profile and inactivate enzymes.
  • Cinamaldehyde, when accessing the periplasma and inside parts of the cells, causes an excessive and irreversible loss of metabolites and enzymes, which disables the cell.


· Carvacrol: It has important antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, in addition to some antiparasitic action.

  • Antioxidant: It is due to the ability of the hydroxyl groups of their phenolic compounds, to inhibit lipid peroxidation processes, thus avoiding hydroxylation reactions of the cellular genetic material. In addition, they are an important source of natural antioxidants, such as vitamin C or carotenoids.
  • Antimicrobial: It has been shown to have a powerful action against Gram (-) microorganisms such as Salmonella, Coli, Klebsiella, Yersinia Enterobacter, and against Gram (+), such as Listeria, Staphylococcus or Bacillus
  • Fungicide: It is also active against fungi such as Aspergillus or Candida.
  • It stimulates digestive secretions, maintains motility and promotes the elimination of gases.


· Timol: It has a great antimicrobial capacity against Gram bacteria (-), such as E.coli, acting on the phospholipids of its outer membranes and altering the composition of its fatty acids. In this way, they prevent their growth and multiplication, leading them to cell death.

· Cinamaldehyde: Presents an important antioxidant and antimicrobial action.

 Antioxidant:thanks to its high content in phenolic compounds, which capture free radicals and prevent their formation, due to enzymatic inhibition. In addition, it activates the animal's defensive capacity against oxidative processes and stimulates the synthesis of antioxidant substances, such as atocofenol.

 Antimicrobial: Active against microorganisms such as E.coli, Enterobacter, Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus, in addition to preventing the appearance of ulcers, thanks to its action on Helicobacter.

CIDOSIL contains all these in one product, so we should highlight that it is not just an acidifier, not even a protected acidifier. We are talking about a product that improves the animals’ intestinal health and therefore their productive parameters, based on a series of mechanisms, with mutual synergistic action:

  • It acidifies an animal’s intestinal environment all its sections, thanks to its microcapsules (Capselos).
  • It enhances the action of these acids, using protected essential oils (Capselos).
  • It reinforces these complementary actions, through a significant amount of mannose, which takes care of the intestinal mucosa, dragging bacteria and bacterial and fungal toxins present in the intestine.
  • It benefits the granulation of feed, since the Locust bean gum, which is the source of that mannose's content, at high temperatures, captures free water present in the mixture and has an important compacting activity of the raw materials ground in the feed. For this reason it could replace other binders, such as guar gum or lignosulphates, among others, that make the formula more expensive without providing any other benefit except for compacting the pellet
  • The ability to capture free water can also be extrapolated to the increased compaction of animal faeces. Thanks to this mechanism, we manage to reduce the moisture of the stool and therefore, the appearance of non-specific whiteness.
  • In addition, it allows to increase the final humidity of the formula, as well as the fat levels, without a negative effect on the durability of the pellet.
  • With all these properties, it's clear that we're not describing just one more acidifier. It is a very complete product, effective against intestinal pathogenic microorganisms which also facilitates the pellets manufacture.