FerMos is principally used as an energy source by lactic acid producing bacteria, thereby stimulating their growth.
FerMos increases in beneficial bacteria enhances the short chain fatty acids in the hind gut which has a positive effect on gut intestinal integrity, as well as digestive and absorptive function of the gut.
Pathogenic bacteria have mannose specific lectins on their cell surface. FerMos binds to pathogenic bacteria (E. coli, Salmonella, Proteus, Klebsiella) via mannose specific lectins and blocks their colonisation of the intestine. Pathogens which become bound to FerMos are washed out of the animal’s digestive tract. Due to adhering effect to FerMos fewer pathogens are available for intestinal colonisation resulting in lower infection rates.