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The carotenoids market is showing evident potential in the mentioned forecasting period. The Carotenoids Market continues to gain momentum with the rising demand for naturally sourced carotenoids in the market. Companies have been showing a keen interest in the market lately.
Carotenoids Market Introduction:
Carotenoids, also known as tetrapepenoids, are yellow, orange and red organic pigments produced by plants and algae, as well as by various bacteria and fungi. All organisms can produce carotenoids from fats and other components of primary organic metabolism. The only animals known to produce carotenoids are aphids and mites, which have acquired the ability and genes of fungi, and are produced by endosymbiotic bacteria in whiteflies. Dietary carotenoids are stored in the adipose tissues of animals, and exclusively carnivorous animals obtain animal fat compounds. In human nutrition, carotenoid absorption improves when consumed with fat during a meal. Cooking with vegetable oil containing carotenoids increases the bioavailability of carotenoids
Carotenoids are natural pigments incorporated by plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria. Xanthophylls are considered as oxygenated carotenoids that include lutein, zeaxanthin and others, while carotenes are non-oxygenated carotenoids that involve alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other molecules. As food additives, carotenoids play an essential role in the global food industry.
Carotenoids Market Growth:
The increasing use of carotenoids in the development of an alternative treatment for various diseases, including eye disorders, diabetes, cancer and aging, has increased its popularity among consumers. In addition, carotenoids are widely used as natural coloring agents by the food and beverage industry. Carotenoids are also used in the manufacture of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products. There has been a steady increase in the demand for organic and natural foods due to their growing health consequences and the increasing importance of sustainability. Carotenoid supplements have become very popular among health-conscious consumers. However, its high unregulated use and the associated health risks are factors that can jeopardize the future demand for carotenoids, along with the launch of new products that contain natural ingredients.
Increased health concerns related to immunity, brain/memory and the digestive system have led to a growing preference for fortified and functional food products. The prevalence of various cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, has also led to an increasing choice for useful food products in the food industry. The growing need to prevent other conditions, such as cataracts and muscle degeneration in the elderly, has also fueled the demand for functional food products. Epilepsy, infertility, heartburn, hypertension, depression and Alzheimer's are other health-related conditions that contribute to the growth of the global carotenoid market. As the needs of functional food products, dyes, food supplements and food pigments remain high, the demand for carotenoids is expected to remain high.
Carotenoid supplements help treat vitamin A deficiency
Vitamin A (retinoic acid) is necessary for vision, cell division, growth, immunity and reproduction. It also has antioxidant properties that prevent the body's cells from fighting the toxic effects of free radicals produced during cell metabolism. Vitamin A deficiency causes vision disorders, such as xerophthalmia and night blindness, disrupts the immune system and hematopoiesis and can cause skin rashes. Lack of Vitamin A is a major concern in several parts of the world, particularly in Africa and Southeast Asia. It affects young children and pregnant women in low-income countries, which has increased the demand for carotenoids as a beneficial food additive. The preventive role of different carotenoids in vitamin A deficiency is favorably reflected in their overall consumption.
Structurally, the carotenoids are in the form of a chain of polyene hydrocarbons sometimes ending in rings and may or may not include additional oxygen atoms.
Carotenoids containing oxygen-containing molecules, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, are called xanthophylls.
Non-oxygenated carotenoids (without oxygen) such as α-carotene, β-carotene and lycopene are called carotenes. Carotenes generally contain only carbon and hydrogen (i.e. hydrocarbons) and are part of the subclass of unsaturated hydrocarbons.
Its color, from pale yellow to bright orange or dark red, is directly related to its structure. Xanthophylls are often yellow, hence their class name. The carbon-carbon double bonds interact with each other in a process called conjugation, which allows the electrons of the molecule to move freely in these areas of the molecule. As the number of conjugated double bonds increases, the electrons associated with the conjugate systems have more space to move and require less energy to change state. This causes a decrease in the range of light energy absorbed by the molecule. As more wavelengths of light are absorbed by the longer end of the visible spectrum, the compounds become increasingly red in appearance.
Carotenoids are generally lipophilic due to the presence of long unsaturated aliphatic chains, as in some fatty acids. The physiological absorption of these fat-soluble vitamins in humans and other organisms is directly dependent on the presence of fats and bile salts.
KnipBio has developed the SCP strain to produce astaxanthin for aquaculture feeds. The company announced that it had acquired a way to produce commercial quantities of its unicellular protein-based foods that also contain bio-astaxanthin.