Global Beta Glucan Based Products Market – Global Industry Insights
Beta glucan is a valuable dietary ?ber present in cereal crops, especially in barley, oat, and some mushrooms. According to the EC Nutrition journal: August 2017, beta glucans polysaccharide naturally found in the bran of cereal grains such as barley and oats and to a much lesser degree in rye and wheat, in amounts of around 7%, 5%, 2%, and less than 1%, respectively, the cell wall of baker’s yeast, certain types of fungi, and various types of mushrooms.
Beta glucans promote health in a number of ways. Beta-glucans have been studied for their hypocholesterolemic effects. Furthermore, beta-1, 3-glucans improve the body’s immune system defense against foreign invaders by enhancing the ability of macrophages, neutrophils, and natural killer cells to respond to and fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Moreover, growth of beta glucan based products market is attributed to increasing usage of beta-glucan as an immunity booster medicine in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry due to increasing demand for beta glucan in food & beverages and pharmaceuticals industry and increasing consciousness and concern about health & wellness among the global population.
The global beta glucan based products market size was valued at US$ 455.4 Mn in 2017 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period (2018 – 2026).
Global Beta Glucan Based Products Market Share (%), By Source, 2018 & 2026
Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2019)
Changing consumer preferences towards the use of nutritious food supplements over synthetic ingredients is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period Beta glucan is gaining interest among the population due to its multiple functional and bioactive properties. Beta glucan shows beneficial role in reducing insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity. A study published in the Today’s Dietitian Journal: May 2014 stated that overweight men who consumed 7 g/day of beta-glucan for 12 weeks experienced a significant reduction in body mass, waist circumference, and visceral fat compared to those in the placebo group.
Subsequently, the application of β-glucan as a food ingredient is being widely considered with dual purposes of increasing the fiber content of food products and enhancing their health properties. As prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is increasing, identifying functional foods that reduce CVD risk factors (including high blood cholesterol) is an important area of research. Thus, oat β-glucan, a soluble dietary fiber found in the endosperm cell walls of oats, has gained considerable interest due to its cholesterol-lowering properties.
In December 2010, the Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved a health claim linking consumption of 3g of oat beta glucans per day with improved cholesterol levels.
Global Beta Glucan Based Products Market Share (%), By Grade, 2018 & 2026
Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2019)
Increasing application of beta glucans in various infectious disease treatments is further expected to aid in the market growth
Various clinical and research studies support the application of beta glucan as a biological response modifier for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. However, the size and biochemical composition of β-glucans isolated from different sources affect their immunomodulatory properties.
Beta glucans are used in medical field to treat various diseases such as hyper cholesterolemia, diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Beta glucans act as modulator for immune system. Moreover, it is used in the treatment of various cancers such as pulmonary malignancy, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. Beta glucans are also used for treatment of various types of diseases that are correlated with immune system infections.
According to the Frontiers in Immunology Journal: April 2018, β-glucans has potent hematopoietic activity, which enhances the production of hematopoietic factors, bone marrow recovery as well as stem cell homing and engraftment.
Among region, Europe is expected to be the most lucrative region in the beta glucan based products market. In Europe, beta glucan products are readily offered by several key players, thereby creating competition for delivering efficient beta glucan based products and thus, lowering overall cost, ensuring easy end user access.
Regulatory authorities are imposing regulations and streamlining approval process for product approvals and easier access. Increasing engagement of regulatory bodies in approving health claims is favoring adoption of beta glucan products in this market and this is expected to drive growth of the market in the region. For instance, in November 2017, Council of the European Union authorized an extension of use of yeast beta-glucans as a novel food ingredient under Regulation (EC) No 258/97.
In November 2011, Commission Implementing Decision (EU) authorized, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 258/97, stating that yeast beta-glucans as a novel food ingredient to be used in certain foods and foodstuffs, including beverages as well as in food supplements and in food for special medical purposes and total diet replacement for weight control.
Key players operating in the beta glucan based products market include Jkosmmune, Lesaffre Group, Merck KGaA, Garuda International, Inc., Ohly GmBH, Koninklijke DSM N.V., Kerry Group PLC, STR Biotech Co. Ltd., Macrocare Tech Co., Ltd., Amarte USA, LLC, Ceapro Inc., Biotec Pharmacon ASA, Quegen Biotech Co., Ltd., Kemin Industries, Inc., NutraQ AS, Lantmännen, Carbon Medical Technologies, Inc., Givaudan SA, Danaher Corporation, Super Beta Glucan Inc. and AIPPO.
Beta glucan is an important component of dietary fiber, which can be extracted from oat, barley, bacteria, and yeast. It possesses several physiological effects, including lowering plasma cholesterol level, control of postprandial glucose level, and immune modulation effects. Apart from the food industry, beta glucan is increasingly being used in the pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic, and industrial applications, and end product manufacturing.
Βeta glucans can act as an immune system modulator and also has the ability to reduce blood glucose, and it may be used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Beta glucans can protect the body from heart attack by lowering cholesterol levels and it also acts as an anti-tumor agent. Beta glucans are used in medical field to treat various diseases including hyper cholesterolemia, diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
Increasing applications of beta glucan as potential active ingredient in various food, medical, pharmaceutical, animal feed, and industrial applications is expected to increase demand for beta glucan and this is expected to aid in growth of the market in the near future. Moreover, health benefits of beta glucan along with changing consumer preferences towards use of nutritious food and dietary supplements among global population is expected to propel the market growth.
Furthermore, key players in the market are focusing on gaining significant market share by adopting various strategies and this is expected to aid in the market growth. For instance, in April 2017, Kemin Industries acquired a beta-glucan manufacturing technology from Algal Scientific, a company headquartered in Plymouth, U.S. In October 2014, NutraQ announced that it entered into a distribution partnership with American International Chemical LLC (AIC) to exclusively distribute NBG range of beta-glucans in in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
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