A sugar beet consists of more than just sugar. The production of sugar creates all kinds of fluids, including molasses. Betaine can be extracted from this. Betaine occurs naturally in the sugar beet; it creates increased osmolarity in the beet cells and allows the sugar beet to grow in a salty/brackish environment and prevents the beet from drying out.

Also in animals, betaine creates increased osmolarity in body cells, allowing the cell to better retain moisture. This has great advantages under high temperature circumstances. As well as reducing heat stress, betaine has other advantages in both pet food and cattle feed. Research (Schothorst) has shown that betaine is interchangeable with choline chloride. Like choline chloride, in the body, betaine functions as a methyl donor and is converted to methionine. Methionine can be converted to S-adenosylmethionine, which donates methyl groups in important physical processes.

Important processes include preventing fatty liver, supporting the liver and kidneys in converting substances, and supporting the nervous system. In addition, Agrana Stärke (Austria), the producer of ActiBeet® (natural betaine), has demonstrated that betaine leads to better feed utilisation, resulting in more growth. This natural/ anhydrate source of betaine is available in liquid form with a minimum of 40% betaine. ActiBeet® is a brown, desugared alkaline liquid and remains fluid to -30°C and is heatstable up to 200°C.

E.F.S. is the agent for ActiBeet® in Germany and the Benelux.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact the E.F.S. sales team.