Fungal and Cereal products have been used for a long time for medicinal and cosmetic purposes; although, the Beta-glucan was not found until the 20th century. At first Beta-glucans discovered in lichens, and shortly after that, in barley.
According to the report “Asia-Pacific Beta-Glucan Market by Source (Cereal, Seaweed, Yeast, Mushroom) by Application (Food & Beverages, Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Animal Feed) by Category (Soluble Beta-Glucan, Insoluble Beta Glucan), and by Region - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2016–2021)”report by Market Data Forecast, The Asia-Pacific Beta-Glucan Market was worth USD65.70 million in 2016 and estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 7.30%, to reach USD93.45 million by 2021.
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An increased interest in oat Beta-glucan arose after their cholesterol lowering phenomenon was reported in 1984.
Beta-glucan is a polysaccharide which is abundantly found in natural sources such as mushroom, oats, yeast,. The physicochemical features of beta-glucan vary depending on the properties of primary structure, degree of branching, linkage type and molecular weight.
Studies have examined the positive health effects of Beta-glucan. Oat fiber Beta-glucan at intake levels of around 3 g per day can reduce the levels of saturated fats in the blood and may lessen the risk of heart disease.
Some studies suggest that cereal-derived Beta-glucan have immunomodulatory properties. Yeast and medicinal mushroom-derived Beta-glucans have been found to contain nutrient which have ability to modulate the immune system.
Beta-glucans are further used in various cosmetic products and nutraceutical, as texturing agents, and as soluble fiber supplements, but can get complex in the process of brewing.
Increasing demand for processed and ready to eat food coupled with rising awareness about the nutritional value of functional food is expected to be the primary driver for Asia-Pacific beta glucan market over the given period. Changing dietary norms along with rising disposable incomes is further anticipated to drive market growth.
Increasing demand for yeast specialty products is projected to have a positive impact on the Asia-Pacific beta glucan market. More advantages associated with consumption of beta glucan like enhanced immune system is a major driver in its use in health and dietary supplements.
Its application as yeast additive in biodiesel blending is further projected to drive the market over the period. Shortage of raw materials such as molasses due to its increase in industrial applications and wine blending is expected to hinder beta glucan market growth up to an extent.
Various applications which are currently untapped in cosmetic and medicine sector are expected to create huge opportunities for beta glucan market over the next years.
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The Asia-Pacific market for Beta-Glucan is broadly characterized by Source (Seaweed, Yeast, Mushroom, Cereal), by Application (Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Food & Beverages, Animal Feed) and by Category (Soluble Beta-Glucan, Insoluble Beta Glucan). Soluble fiber modulates the blood sugar levels while insoluble fiber is helps in having balanced digestion.
Soluble beta-glucan is expected to lead the market in Asia-Pacific during the said forecast period. Soluble fibrous Beta-Glucan which is found in oats, works like an adhesive with cholesterol and blocks it from getting reabsorbed into the blood, and consequently bringing down the risk of heart diseases.
The growing food & beverage industry is driving the growth of the functional food ingredients market in China and India, which as a result is influencing the growth of the regional beta-glucan market.
Some of the major players dominating the market:
- Associated British Foods Plc.
- Groupe Soufflet S.A
- Tate & Lyle plc.
- Biothera the Immune Health Company
- Ceapro Inc.
- Immuno Medic AS
- Koninklijke DSM N.V.
- Super Beta Glucan (SBG) Inc.
- Zilor Inc. (Biorigin),
- Biotec Pharmacon ASA (Biotec BetaGlucans AS).
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