Potential Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract Continue to Garner Attention of Research Communities Worldwide
Widely marketed as a dietary supplement derived from seeds of grapes, grape seed extract (GSE) remains one of the few known rich sources of proanthocyanidins. The demand for grape seed extract continues to be on a healthy uptrend worldwide. The growth of the grape seed extract market is attributable to a plethora of its potential health benefits. Being a potent antioxidant, and polyphenol source as well, grape seed extract plays an important role when it comes to oxidative stress alleviation. Health conditions like frequent inflammation, and tissue damage that often accompany chronic ailments also improve to a realisable extent with regular GSE supplement consumption. Besides, regular supplementation of grape seed extract can effectively promote wound healing, and improve longstanding conditions like venous insufficiency. Several studies also affirm the action of grape seed extract in favour of the functioning of brain, heart, liver, and kidney. Skincare has been emerging as a potential application area, and the demand is also on the rise with more people striving for cellulite reduction, weight loss, and improved immunity.
There has been a lot of research around how GSE consumption can potentially aid in blood pressure regulation. Moreover, a compiled review of 15 different studies that was conducted in 2019 interpreted that GSE can potentially be helpful with controlled levels of total and LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) advocates the outcome of a study about how polyphenol-enriched dietary supplements like GSE serve a crucial role in curtailing the physical, and mental impacts of stress. Some of the emerging application areas that hold the promise to generate remarkable demand for grape seed extract in long term include animal feed additives, and pet food formulations. GSE-added products are especially preferred for ageing pets by their owners.
Pharma, and Food Safety Highlight Remunerative Application Opportunities for Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract manufacturers are expected to witness notable application prospects in the pharmaceuticals industry, and one of the prime reasons behind it includes the virucidal potential of grape seed extract that has already been shown against hepatitis C, and A. The antiviral potential of GSE remains a hot topic among pharma players, especially amid the current viral outbreak. The antimicrobial activity of grape seed extract has been permeating its way into the food industry, food safety applications in particular. While it is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) certified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019, it can play out as a highly effective shelf-life enhancer, as well as an overall quality regulator. The excellent bioactivity of GSE naturally prevents food contamination, which opens doors to multiple potential applications. GSE supplementation of food products can fortify them with natural preservatives, antioxidants, and fungicides. Grapeseed extract thus can aid in the process of effectively prolonging the freshness of fruits, mushrooms, and similar perishables.
GSE treatment has been proven as a cost-effective solution for quick service restaurants (QSRs), and caterers to inhibit pathogenic growth, and ensure safety while they repeatedly reheat cooked food. One the other hand, as edible packaging firms up, and gains acceptance worldwide, using GSE in this kind of packaging would further enhance the freshness, and quality of packaged foods. Adoption of grape seed extract in the wine industry is also picking up as a natural, protein-based wine clarifier as it tends to reduce the astringency, and turbidity of wine, enhancing the stability against the action of conventional wine clarifiers. In the face of all these incredible health benefits that GSE potentially offers, the possible side effects, lack of regulatory standardisation all over the globe, and a massive gap that remains between lab research and the actual commercial application will most likely challenge the rapid growth of market in long run.
North American Market Prospers on Back of Dietary Supplements; Thriving Pet Culture Underpins Growth in Developing Countries
For dietary supplements manufacturers, grape seed extract is increasingly becoming a natural functional ingredient on account of its positive cardiovascular action. The US where cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) continue to be the leading cause of mortality will thus witness robust adoption of grape seed extract by the functional food sector. The market size is expected to remain significant in North America as the region witnesses constant expansion of the health-conscious population that consecutively fuels segments like health foods, and supplements. An alarming rate of prevalence of CVDs, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and other lifestyle diseases will most likely continue to drive the demand for popular supplement ingredients such as grape seed extract across North America. Widespread availability, greater public awareness, and higher spending power of consumers also will remain the primary boosters to market growth here.
A growing consumer tendency towards switching to a medicine-free lifestyle, and flourishing markets for natural, and organic ingredients - especially in the US - are projected to contribute towards market expansion over the forecast period. With mounting R&D investments in pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals, leading GSE manufacturers across North America are set to thrive at an impressive rate in the near future. Ecommerce expansion has been playing a vital role in the market build-up as more than half pet owners in the US prefer online pet food shopping. Europe also will be an important market, especially for exporters to the continent. While Japan will continue to present conducive growth environment for market players - majorly on the back of the prospering pet food sector, the fast-developing economies like India, and Brazil are also expected to reflect lucrative market potential. Significant grape production that maintains scope for captive consumption, growing availability of GSE in retail, and soaring interest of pet food brands are likely to uphold the market in latter two.
Grape Seed Extract Market Players Set their Eyes on R&D for New Launches
The market for grape seed extract has fairly fragmented. Major players in this largely unorganised sector are predominantly involved in manufacturing, as well as distribution of grape seed extract. Botanic Innovations LLC., Hebei Xinqidian Biotechnology Co., Ltd., Polyphenolics, Naturex, Phyto Life Sciences Ltd., Ambe NS Agro Products Pvt. Ltd., Nexira, Ajinomoto OmniChem, Fancy India Corp, Phyto Life Sciences P. Ltd., Natac Group, and JF-Natural constitute some of the key companies competing in the global grape seed extract market, maintaining thei strategic focus on innovative product developments with novel grape seed extract formulations. While manufacturers continue to invest efforts in expansion of production capacities, R&D has emerged as the focal area for many like Vincare, and Xclear Inc.
Recently, the UK-based Bulk Powder announced the launch of red grape seed extract powder, targeting lactose-intolerant consumers, and gluten-free followers. Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation also introduced a novel GSE product derived from Champagne grape seeds - super fruit grape seed extract. In March, 2021, Indena's standardised grape seed extract, Enovita (GSEe) underwent randomised controlled trial for evaluating its potential positive cardiovascular activity. More recently in July, 2021, an Indian direct-to-consumer brand in women’s wellness, Nua recently made its first foray into nutraceuticals through the launch of its new nutrition drink mix - Uplift. Grape seed extract is one of the key ingredients of this health drink that supposedly refills vital minerals, and vitamins in the body.
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