Beta glucans are long chain of glucose molecule (polysaccharides) basically present in the cell walls of plants, algae, bacteria, fungi, etc. It is proven to be a Biological Response Modifier (BRM) that modulates, activates, and helps in normalizing the immune system. A number of research and experiments are done stating the benefits of beta glucan in human and animal health. They are most commonly used for heart related diseases and high cholesterol. Because of the numerous benefits, beta glucan is used extensively by industries and are trying to expand its usage by working more on the research and development.
Global Beta-Glucan market size was valued at USD 403.8 million in 2020 and projected to reach USD 628.3 million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period, 2020-2027. The reason for the growth in demand is because of the shift in people preference to plant-driven food and food ingredients. Knowing the side effects of consuming synthetic ingredients for a long period of time, people started preferring functional food, medicine, snack, etc which are made out of natural or plant- based ingredients.
Knowing people choice and preference, manufactures started changing their ingredients and started producing food with low sugar and cholesterol and with high fiber and protein which in turn increases the demand for beta glucan. The application of beta glucan has increased and is used as raw material by many industries which is expected to have a significant growing in the coming years as well.
Beta-Glucan stimulates the activity and growth of natural intestinal microbiota. It plays a major in the proper functioning of gastrointestinal and also prevents colon cancer. It also helps in improving the health and preventing chronic communicable and metabolic diseases. It also has antioxidant properties like scavenging reactive oxygen spices which automatically reduced the risk of many diseases like cancer, atherosclerosis, etc.
As the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and many countries come up with different vaccines and therapies for treating, a very unique BRMG called the Nichi Glucan, derived from aureobasidium pullulans (Black yeast) was manufactures in Japan. It has been stated that the glucan has the potential as a food supplement-based vaccine adjuvant for COVID-19. It basically acts as a beta glucan in all arms of immunity like adaptive immunity, trained immunity, innate immunity and musical immunity.
Based on the type, the global beta glucan market can be segmented into soluble and insoluble. The soluble segment is estimated to witness the highest growth over the analysis timeframe due to its easy application and has numerous benefits. After many experiments, researchers found that the soluble beta glucan has the capacity to activate the white blood cells mainly the macrophages which helps is necessary for speeding the wound-healing process. There has also been a positive effect of using soluble beta in treating diabetic foot ulcer.
Based on the source, the global beta glucan market can be segmented into cereals, mushrooms, yeast, seaweeds, others. Cereal segment is estimated to hold the highest market share and have CAGR 7.5% during the forecasted period. mainly because of its psychological property. Cereal beta glucan is majorly found in oat and barley (containing 4.5% β-glucan each) which has shown positive signal in reducing the risk of glucose intolerance. Cereal β-glucan helps in boosting different parts of the human gut which is like a second brain for proper functioning of the human body.
Yeast and Mushroom segment are also growing in the market as the number of end users for these segments are high. Mushroom derived beta glucan is used in chemotherapy for treating gastric and colorectal cancer. Yeast-driven beta glucan originated in baker’s or brewer’s yeast helps in lowering cholesterol.
Based on the application, the global beta-glucan market can be segmented into food and beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, animal feed, dietary supplements, others. The dietary supplement segment is projected to have the highest market share. Day by day people are being more health cautious and the percentage of people consuming dietary supplement is increasing. Sports personalities and celebrities consume this in large amount for performance enhancement and many advertise the same.
Even beverage industry has increased the usage of beta glucan by providing a variety of drinks like fruit smoothie, powered drink mixes, diary-alternative drinks etc. Including beta glucan in ready to eat soup, cereal, etc has widened the market and will grow even higher in the forecasted period.
Based on the region, the global beta glucan market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific counties are expected to have the highest share in the market because of the increasing demand of healthy and nutritious products by the people. As the cosmetic industry majorly uses beta glucan in products for soothing and calming sensitive skin, plump wrinkles and fine lines, they also started manufacturing more new products knowing people preference. This in turn expands the market and the end user industry as well.
Companies such as Super Beta Glucan, Biotec Pharmacon ASA, AIT Ingredients, Garuda Internationa, lAngel Yeast Co Ltd, Lesaffre Human Care Tate & Lyle Plc, Royal DSM, Ohly and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc are the key players in the market.