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Pure Yucca Schidigera Root Powder


Uses: Animal feed manufacturers, feed premixes, supplements, dietary supplement manufacturers, food and beverage applications  

New Spray Dried Completely Water Soluble

Also Available in Human USP Food Grade

Contains No Inert Fillers or  Chemical Preservatives

For many years, research has shown that natural saponins can effectively reduce and control ammonia and odor. Bio-Logics  recognizes the need for a high-quality, low-cost natural saponin product line.

         BioSol-YS-30S Pure Soluble Yucca Powder

BioLogics YS-30S is a natural feed additive for livestock and poultry used to control odors, ammonia and other gas emissions, which can be detrimental to livestock performance.

BioLogics YS-30S is made with 100% natural Yucca schidigera.

It is air dried, produced by mechanical methods and contains all of the general food solids composition common to this Yucca species.

BioLogics YS-30S is manufactured with the highest quality standards and has all the saponins and glyco components of the yucca schidigera plant.


Contents: Yucca shidigera powder
Appearance Light beige free flowing soluble powder.. As the product is natural, its appearance may vary slightly from batch to batch

Toxicity Non toxic
Shelf life Min. 2 years at room temperature
Heat stability Excellent
pH stability Excellent
Packaging 25 Kilo Kegs

                     TYPICAL AVERAGE ANALYSIS

Moisture.............................................................. 5.88%
Crude protein .......................................................5.46%
Crude fat .............................................................0.69%
Crude fiber ..........................................................24.10%
Ash .....................................................................7.59%
Water Solubility ................................................ Complete
Carbohydrates (min of 30% yucca solids and saponins) 56.38%

General Use Rates

POULTRY: Broilers 100-200 g/ton / Turkeys 100-200 / Layers 100- 150

SWINE: Nursing sows 120 g/ton / Starters 120 / Growers 100 / Finishers 60

CATTLE: Beef 400-800 mg/hd/day / Dairy 800 mg/hd/day

PETS: Most 250 g/ton

SHRIMPS / AQUACULTURE 200 to 300 g/ton

BioSol YS-50LC Pure Yucca Schidigera Liquid Concentrate

Food Feed Fertilizer and Beverage Manufacturers Ingredient


DESCRIPTION: pure, cold pressed natural yucca extract of the (Yucca schidigera)
CONCENTRATION: 50 Brix ± 0.5 @ 20° C
INGREDIENTS: 99.9% Yucca schidigera extract
APPEARANCE: Thick Brown Pourable liquid.
DENSITY: 10.8 lbs per gallon
pH: 3.9 ± 0.2
PACKAGING: 20 and 210 Liter plastic drums with a guaranteed shelf life of two
years when stored at 5 - 25° C.

Note: As a natural extract there may be some slight settling of insoluble solids
found over time in the bottom of the drums.

REGULATORY: Mohave Yucca (Yucca schidigera) is approved for use in food and
beverages by the FDA under CFR 172.510, FEMA number 3121. Allowed for use in
organic production* under 7 U.S.C 605 and N.O.P. 205.602. Exempt from the
requirement of a tolerance as specified in 40 CFR 180.1001

BioSol-YS-30S Yucca Dry and BioSol-QS-30S completely water soluble dry stable powders are available in a wide range of liquids and powders for use in the Agribusiness Food and Beverage sectors.

BioSol-YS-30S Yucca Dry products are extracted from the only FDA approved Yucca, found in the southwest United States and Baja, Mexico. BioSol-QS-30S Dry products are extracted from Quillaja Saponaria found in the foothills of the Andes Mountains throughout Chile, also FDA approved.

We work closely with local groups in both regions to ensure a continuous stable supply while maintaining a healthy replanting environment for future generations

Packaging BioSol-YS-30S and BioSol-QS-30S Dry: 25 kg lined kegs / 55 pounds

Packaging For Liquid Concentrates: 20 Liter and 210 Liter drums

Status USA : Yucca Schidigera FDA - U.S Food and Drug Administration as a natural food adjuvant under Title 21 CFR 172.510

Status Canada Feeds: Yucca Schidigera - Yucca Schidigera Dehydrated Pulp /Pulpe Déshydratée CFIA = Schedule IV - Part I Class 1.24   ACIA = Annexe IV- Partie I Catégorie 1.24



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Lethbridge Research Centre Report:   Desert plant shows promise for controlling giardiasis

Lethbridge, Alta., June 21, 2001: Powder from a desert plant shows potential for controlling Giardia, one of the most common intestinal pathogens of both humans and livestock, say scientists from the Lethbridge Research Centre and the University of Calgary. Yucca schidigera was found to control Giardia in recent laboratory and animal studies, and in the long-term, could be used for controlling the disease in humans as well, says lead researcher Dr. Tim McAllister.

On the farm, Giardia control could have the double-barreled benefit of boosting cattle productivity and reducing the risk of environmental contamination, McAllister says. However, more studies are needed to determine the effectiveness and best delivery method for Yucca schidigera.

Animals contract giardiasis from contaminated surroundings or when they ingest infective cysts in the water supply. The cysts reside in the small intestine and cause diarrhea and malabsorption. The impact that Giardia has on performance of the animal is not easily measurable, he says. "We know that in livestock, giardiasis and resulting diarrhea and malabsorption reduce growth rate and feed efficiency."

A past study, looking at lambs immediately at birth, measured the difference in growth of lambs both with and without Giardia. "The feed efficiency of non-infected lambs was better than the infected lambs," McAllister says. "And we could visually see that the height of the villi - the absorptive area inside the intestine - was decreased because of Giardia."

Contamination of water supplies is another concern related to Giardia infection, McAllister says. Giardia is the number one cause of waterborne disease in North America and Europe. Currently, only one product, Safeguard, is capable of controlling giardiasis in ruminants, but the product does not make a claim for this effect.

Extracts of Yucca schidigera, a plant native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and Baja California in Mexico, have been widely used in swine and poultry production to reduce odour and ammonia emissions. In the lab, they have also reduced rumen protozoal populations.

"Yucca extract worked quite well for controlling Giardia in monogastric animals such as gerbils and we know in the laboratory, the extract effectively killed the Giardia itself, but when we tested it in lambs, we didn't see a response."

Degradation of the active ingredient by the microbial population in the rumen may affect the response, McAllister says. "We're hoping that if we can come up with a method that allows the active ingredient to bypass the rumen, then we can have an impact on ruminants as well."

The anti-giardial activity of yucca is likely attributable to its saponins, McAllister says. Saponins interact with cholesterol in protozoal cell membranes, causing cell rupture and death. "Further purification and concentration of the saponin fraction from yucca would likely increase the effectiveness of the extract."

While yucca extracts may have the potential to curtail the severity of giardiasis in livestock, dosing at high enough levels will impact areas such as diet formulation, animal acceptance, animal health and economic aspects of manufacture and administration, he says. These factors must be considered in developing recommendations for yucca extract as a therapy for giardiasis.

Humans suffering from giardiasis, also known as "Beaver Fever" could ultimately benefit from the studies, McAllister notes. Yucca extract may help to control the disease on the human side as well.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Lethbridge Research Centre is part of a national network conducting research on livestock and environmental sustainability in Canada.

New applications for saponins in animal husbandry are being explored, especially the effect of saponins on protozoal diseases. Saponins form strong insoluble complexes with cholesterol. This has many important implications, including cholesterol-lowering activity in humans, discussed later in this article. Many protozoa enter the body via the digestive tract or cause their pathological effects in the gut. Saponins react with cholesterol in the protozoal cell membrane, causing the cell to rupture and lyse. Giardiasis (beaver fever), for example, is a disease with symptoms of severe diarrhea associated with the protozoan Giardia lamblia, often found in untreated drinking water, that can infect the small intestine. Research currently in progress at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta, has shown yucca extract to be very effective in killing Giardia trophozoites, which are the infective stages released in the gut when the oocytes, or eggs, sporulate, although no studies with humans have yet been done. Other important protozoal diseases of livestock, including coccidiosis and equine protozoal myoencephalitis, may be amenable to treatment with saponins. Ruminant animals (cattle, sheep and other cud-chewing animals with a complex stomach) have a large population of rumen protozoa. The rumen protozoa reduce the efficiency of fermentation in the rumen, and increases in animal performance often occur when the protozoa are removed (a process called defaunation). Yucca saponins are effective in suppressing rumen protozoa, again by reacting with cholesterol in the protozoal cell membrane, causing it to lyse.

AGRICULTURE: The Yucca schidigera extract has a high steroidal saponin content that has the property of being a natural surfactant. When it is added to the soil, it has the ability to interact with the cells in the roots of the plants, increasing water and nutrient absorption. At the same time, the saponins interact with the surrounding micro flora, creating a more favorable rhizosphere for the plant.

SWINE HOGS: Highly productive modern swine farming generate a great amount of ammonia and other noxious gases harmful to the animals that can cause several problems from respiratory ailments to lower feed conversion and weight gain.

The use of Yucca schidigera extract in powder form in the swine’s feed during the productive cycle lowers the noxious gas levels, mainly ammonia, and as a consequence, besides lowering disagreeable odors, the productive parameters are improved, mainly the feed conversion and weight gain.

The use of liquid extract is also used by adding it to the farm’s wash water or directly applied to the waste water ponds, or sprayed on the surfaces, achieving a decrease of bad odors and accelerating the breakdown of organic matter, making the management of waste water easier.

POULTRY BROILERS LAYERS: Modern poultry farming, in all its modalities, demands an adequate management for the exploitation of its highly productive genetic potential, and it is necessary to maintain in equilibrium the factors that may impact productivity, such as adequate oxygenation for the birds that is affected by the ammonia emissions produced in the digestive processes of the animals.

The use of Yucca schidigera extract in poultry feed is a good alternative to maintain metabolic and environmental ammonia levels within acceptable limits in order to keep the animals unaffected, to reduce bad odors and to improve productivity parameters, mainly feed conversion and increased production

Also, liquid extract in the drinking water can be used with similar results obtained with powder form, and can also be used to spray the beds when there are serious problems associated with an increase in the ammonia levels inside the coops

SHRIMPS: Yucca schidigera extract in powder form as an ingredient in shrimp feed helps to control and to reduce ammonia levels and other compounds and according to available information, this translates into greater weight gain due to a better feed conversion as well as a reduction in the mortality rate and as a consequence this results in higher farm productivity.

The use of liquid extract acts by bonding the ammonia molecules and transforming them into other nitrogenated non-toxic compounds for the shrimp and that are utilized by the phytoplankton and zooplankton as a source for nitrogen, besides improving the quality of the water of the tanks.

Saponins: Suprising benefits of desert plants

Peter R. Cheeke, Ph.D. Professor of Comparative Nutrition
OSU/LPI Affiliate Investigator

Saponins are natural detergents found in many plants, especially certain desert plants. Saponins are also present in small amounts in some foods, such as soybeans and peas. The two major commercial sources of saponins are Yucca schidigera, which grows in the arid Mexican desert country of Baja California, and Quillaja saponaria (soapbark tree), found in arid areas of Chile. Saponins have detergent or surfactant properties because they contain both water-soluble and fat-soluble components. They consist of a fat-soluble nucleus, having either a steroid or triterpenoid structure, with one or more side chains of water-soluble carbohydrates (sugars). Yucca saponins have a steroid nucleus (steroidal saponins), while the quillaja saponins have a triterpenoid nucleus. As a consequence of their surface-active properties, saponins are excellent foaming agents, forming very stable foams. Yucca and quillaja extracts are used in beverages, such as root beer and slurpies, to provide the foamy "head." Because of their surfactant properties, they are used industrially in mining and ore separation, in preparation of emulsions for photographic films, and extensively in cosmetics, such as lipstick and shampoo. Quillaja bark has been used as a shampoo in Chile for hundreds of years, and Native Americans used yucca to make soap. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of saponins are important in cosmetic applications, in addition to their emollient effects.

Mature desert Yucca Yucca and quillaja saponins have both current and potential applications in animal and human nutrition. Yucca extracts are extensively used for ammonia and odor control in pig and poultry-raising facilities and in dog and cat foods. Yucca saponins, and perhaps other components of yucca as well, have ammonia-binding activity. When added to the diet, yucca saponins pass through the digestive tract unabsorbed and are excreted in the feces. In the excreta, the yucca components bind to ammonia and certain other odiferous compounds and prevent them from being released into the air. In recent studies in England, feeding of yucca extract to dogs and cats was shown to reduce fecal odor and reduce emission of volatile compounds contributing to fecal odor. Many pet foods and "kitty litter" products now contain yucca extract to reduce these noxious odors.

The blood cholesterol-lowering properties of dietary saponins are of particular interest in human nutrition. One of the most prominent research programs on this subject was that of Dr. Rene Malinow at the Oregon Regional Primate Center, whose research (published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1997) demonstrated unequivocally the cholesterol-lowering properties of saponins. This desirable effect is achieved by the binding of bile acids and cholesterol by saponins. Bile acids form mixed micelles (molecular aggregates) with cholesterol, facilitating its absorption. Cholesterol is continually secreted into the intestine via the bile, with much of it subsequently reabsorbed. Saponins cause a depletion of body cholesterol by preventing its reabsorption, thus increasing its excretion, in much the same way as other cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as cholestyramine.

Although there are reports of the development of synthetic saponins as drugs for treating high blood cholesterol, yucca and quillaja extracts are natural phytochemicals currently used in foods and beverages and as herbal products. Interestingly, recent research by scientists in Canada and Africa has suggested that the very low serum cholesterol levels of Masai tribes people in East Africa, who consume a diet very high in animal products, cholesterol, and saturated fat, are likely due to the consumption of saponin-rich herbs.

Masai village in East Africa. The binding of bile acids by saponins has other important implications. Bile acids excreted in the bile are called primary bile acids. They are metabolized by bacteria in the colon, producing secondary bile acids. Some of the secondary bile acids are promoters of colon cancer. By binding to primary bile acids, saponins reduce the formation of the secondary bile acids. Research at the University of Toronto has shown that feeding saponins to laboratory animals reduced the number of preneoplastic colon lesions in mice. The Canadian researchers also found that saponins had a dose-dependent inhibitory effect on growth of human carcinoma cells in culture. Major current interest in quillaja saponins concerns their effects on the immune system. Specially purified quillaja saponin fractions designated as Quil A are used as adjuvants for vaccines. (Adjuvants are substances that increase the effectiveness of vaccines.) Quillaja saponins increase the effectiveness of both injected and oral vaccines. In the case of injected vaccines, Quil A is used to prepare immunostimulating complexes (ISCOM). ISCOM's are prepared by attaching a portion of the protein envelope of a virus to Quil A. The association of the viral protein with saponin facilitates its transport across cell membranes. Quillaja saponin-based ISCOM's are presently being evaluated in development of experimental vaccines against HIV, the virus responsible for AIDS. Besides having adjuvant activity, quillaja saponins have a direct stimulatory effect on the immune system. For example, pretreatment of mice with quillaja saponins enhances their resistance to a disease challenge. Saponins enhance the effectiveness of oral vaccines by improving their absorption as a result of increasing gut mucosal permeability, which facilitates absorption of large molecules contained in vaccines.

The desert plants Yucca schidigera and Quillaja saponaria are rich storehouses of phytochemicals with many useful and important functions in human and animal nutrition. In many respects, we have just scratched the surface in our understanding of the many biological effects of steroidal and triterpenoid saponins and their potentials for improving human health.

Yucca Plant Saponin in the Treatment of Hypertension and Hypercholesterolemia. With D.H. Harris, M.D. and Tom Laga, Ph. D. Journal of Applied Nutrition. Vol. 30, No. 3 & 4, 1978.

Yucca contains natural steroidal-like saponins that are effective anti-inflammatories and anti-spasmodics which are known to reduce pain associated with arthritis.

Yucca schidigera has been used for years by the Southwestern Indians for pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and rheumatism. It is also said to reduce joint inflammation and has been used with success for allergies and to strengthen the immune system.

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