Expanding Market of Immune Health
The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that protect your body from pathogens. It fights an abundance of harmful organisms and toxic chemicals found in food, water, and air. And it needs proper support in order to function its best. Besides following a healthy diet, exercise, managing your stress, nutritional support is also very essential. With a robust CAGR of 7.0%, the global immune health supplements market is expected to grow significantly in the years to come. Market growth is primarily driven by an increase in consumer awareness regarding various health issues, along with a rise in the population of baby boomers. The market is expected to be valued at more than $14 billion in the year 2017, while by the end of 2025, the global market for immune health supplements is likely to exceed a valuation of $25 billion, expanding at a CAGR of 7.0% during the projected period of eight years.
Top Ingredients for Immune Health
1. Yeast Beta-Glucan
One ingredient currently taking a leading role in meeting demands in the immunity space is yeast beta-glucan. Derived from common baker’s yeast, yeast beta-glucan has been found to maintain or stimulate the effectiveness of the immune system. It can increase immune cellular activity to enhance human immunity. Significantly enhance the activity of NK cells, macrophages, T-cell, B-cell, granulocytes and monocytes. It helps other substances like antibiotics, antifungal and antiparasitic to work better. Moreover, it has a positive effect on cholesterol levels, and research is being done to investigate its positive impact on blood sugar levels.
2. DHA & EPA
Supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can change composition of immune cells, which in turn can have effects on phagocytosis, T-cell signaling and antigen presentation capability, said experts.
Echinacea can have a powerful impact on the immune system. Over 14 clinical trials have confirmed its ability to encourage good health all year long. Other studies show echinacea to be among the most effective supplements for seasonal wellenss. Echinacea reduces redness and swelling, promote the health of cells, facilitates oxygen transport, supports oral health, alleviates physical discomfort, encourages normal skin health, promotes upper respiratory health, provides antioxidants, and supports normal aging.
This adaptogen helps the body respond to stress and keeps your immune system functioning normally.
In 1994, the World Health Organization deemed probiotics to be the next-most important immune defense system. Studies suggest two of the best strains are Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Supplements containing the friendly bugs have been reported to reduce the incidence of travelers’ diarrhea, reduce the incidence and severity of eczema, and reducing the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections in a range of consumer groups, from students and athletes to kids in day care. Probiotics need to be consumed on regular basis, at least a few times a week and preferably daily, to maintain their effect on the intestinal micro-ecology.
Glutathione is an antioxidant found naturally in nearly every cell of the body. It supports proper function of white blood cells, including T cell, stimulates the natural ability of some immune cells and can regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E.
Maintaining adequate levels of vitamins is critical to keep the immune system strong. For example, studies have repeatedly confirmed the immune-boosting benefits of vitamin C. A lack of vitamin C can lead to a serious immune deficiency called scurvy. Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune system, and cells of the immune system have been shown to respond to vitamin D. Vitamin B6 and B12 positively affect white blood cell. Vitamin A supports the immune system, helps strengthen vision, assists with normal organ function, reproduction, and more.
Other critical nutrients include selenium, which exerts effects on inflammation and immune responses. Copper, which is essential against immune defense, especially against bacterial infections. A review concluded that zinc lozenges may shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40%. Zinc-deficient patients have been shown to have severe immune dysfunctions.
Global well-known suppliers of yeast beta-glucan include Biorigin and Kangcare. For the supply of algae oil DHA and vitamins, DSM and Kangcare are playing vital roles. Kangcare is currently devoting itself to the development of high quality probiotics, the successful production of which will benefit international immune health market a lot.
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