The global glutamine market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% during the forecast period, 2023–2031.
The glutamine market is expected to grow exponentially during the forecast period on account of the burgeoning pharmaceutical and nutraceutical sectors and increasing health care expenditure across the globe. Changing lifestyle and rising application of glutamine in various health supplements is driving the market growth. Glutamine is a type of amino acid that is naturally found in the muscles of the human body. It is an essential amino acid that is typically produced by the body to meet metabolic needs.
Glutamine helps in insulin secretion, muscle protein synthesis, building immunity, and neurological activity. It is widely used to produce novel products, including dietary supplements, cosmetics, and sports nutrition. Most of the glutamine produced today is used in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical and healthy supplements.
Shifting consumer preference towards healthier lifestyles and healthy eating options due to fast-paced life and unregulated eating habits have surged the demand for dietary rich supplements, further driving the market growth. The below-mentioned info-graph depicts the heath club members by generation for the year 2018.
Around 79% of millennials exercise at least once a week. An intense workout ends up using the naturally produced glutamine in the individual's body and reduces the effects of the workout. Hence, many gym-goers and fitness trainers consume glutamine supplements post-workout for their advantages, which include increase muscle tissue and reduce body fat. Growth in on-demand fitness and rise in emphasis on high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout is creating a demand for dietary glutamine supplements and healthy food during the forecast period.
People today lack the necessary nutrients and vitamins required for the proper functioning of the body. As a result, this has created a need for additional supplements and nutrients for better immune and digestion system, which is further driving the demand for glutamine-based supplements. Rapid urbanization and higher internet penetration rates in the developing regions add fuel to market growth. In line with this, companies seeking to increase revenues are shifting from traditional distribution methods to online sales channels. The increasing partnerships and emergence of the D2C channel are contributing to higher sales of nutraceuticals and other supplement products.
In August 2020, Amazon launched an online pharmacy in India to expand its customer reach. Today, consumers are inclined towards online shopping, owing to the additional offers and discounts provided by e-commerce platforms. The coronavirus outbreak has significantly surged-commerce activities, which is expected to surge in the coming future.
The L-glutamine segment is projected to with the highest CAGR, owing to its unique beneficial properties. L-glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid and has the largest demand in terms of volume in the food and beverage industry. The d-glutamine segment, on the other hand, holds the largest market share. The attractive health benefits of glutamine and its extensive application is expected to push the segment growth. The below-mentioned info-graph depicts the estimated market share of different forms of glutamine for the period 2017–2029.
Rapid growth in the pharma industry and rising consumer spending on medical treatments globally is a key factor driving the market growth. An increasing number of diseases, such as obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer's, is accelerating the demand for glutamine acid as many studies have revealed that glutamine helps fight cancer and obesity.
It is also used to treat short bowel syndromes and stomach ulcers, thus stimulating the growth of the market. The demand for glutamine is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate in the European region, owing to its strong medical industry. The large investments of the pharma companies in the region and the availability of advanced technology are strengthening the pharmaceutical market.
North America dominates the glutamine market, owing to the rising awareness regarding healthy lifestyle, increasing cases of obesity, and surging number of fitness apps and advancements in wearable technologies. Rising fitness trends and an increasing number of fitness centers in the U.S. is fostering product growth. As per the International Health, Racquet & Sports club Association (IHRSA), the U.S. health and fitness industry values around USD 30 billion. Currently, over 30% of American adults have a membership to fitness clubs.
In the last few years, consumer demand has been moving from industrial food products to healthier options. The lower nutrient intake and increasing health challenges in the U.S. have surged the demand for dietary supplements, which is further driving the market growth. Government initiatives for higher participation of athletes in the international and national level competition are expected to drive the product demand in the region.
Asia-Pacific presents ample growth opportunities in the glutamine market, owing to the soaring demand for supplements and changing demographics in the region. The rise in the number of millennials and the growing Chinese middle-class populace is boosting the demand for supplements. A single amino acid product, such as glutamine, is set to benefit from the booming sports nutrition industry in China. Among the region, Japan, China, and India are the largest sports nutrition markets, which are expected to create a demand for glutamine. Factors such as the growing interest of consumers in a healthy lifestyle, coupled with increased disposable incomes, are leading growth drivers of the nutrition market.
The continued presence of Olympics in Asian countries, such as Japan in 2021, South Korea in 2018, and China in 2022, is scheduled to bolster the demand for sports and nutrition products in the region. The government initiatives in East Asia to promote health and sports activities in order to reduce the obesity rate drives market growth. In China, more than 70% of people consume sports drinks, and around 65% of people consume energy drinks.
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