Lutein, a yellow pigment found in plants like marigold, belongs to the carotenoids family. Carotenoids are naturally occurring pigments that can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Lutein, also known as “the eye vitamin,” is an antioxidant. It helps the eyes to function properly and promotes clear vision. Lutein helps to maintain the Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD), which is important for maintaining healthy vision. It works as a ‘internal sunglass,’ absorbing blue light and thus reducing the damage to the human retina caused by direct sunlight and other artificial light sources.
Aside from eye care, lutein can be used to treat a variety of other health problems. For example, it can help prevent cancer, particularly breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and skin disorders. So far, the global intake of nutritional and dietary supplements has been mostly positive. As a result, lutein demand is expected to increase significantly over the forecast period. Furthermore, lutein intake via various dietary supplements promotes the growth of MPOD in human eyes, lowering the risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Global Lutein market: Key players
Some of the key players operating in the global lutein market are –
- BASF SE
- DSM Nutritional Products AG
- Rexall Sundown, Inc.
- Hansen Holding A/S
- Jarrow Formulas, Inc.
- Nature’s Bounty, Inc.
- Kemin Industries, Inc.
- JF-Pharmaland Technology Development Co., Ltd.
- Allied Biotech Corporation
- Solaray, Inc.
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Market for Lutein in the World: Trends
Increased demand for lutein as a health supplement, increased use as a natural colourant in food and beverage applications, and increased use as an animal feed additive are all expected to drive demand for this ingredient in a variety of consumer markets. Increased customer awareness of the benefits of lutein consumption, combined with an increase in the number of health-conscious individuals, has resulted in increased spending on superior lutein products, which is driving the market. Growing eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other age-related macular degeneration, all of which can lead to vision loss, are among the factors that are likely to boost market growth.
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