Global L-leucine Market: Overview
L-leucine is one of the three branches of an alpha-amino acid, which is used for the biosynthesis of proteins. It is soluble in water and moderately acidic. L-leucine is essential in humans, as the body cannot synthesize it. Therefore, it must be obtained from diet. Dietary sources of the human body are obtained from food that contains proteins such as dairy products, meat, soy products, beans, and legumes. L-leucine is among the nine essential amino acids in the human body. It helps regulate blood-sugar levels, growth and repair of the muscles and bone tissues, and growth in hormone production. It also enables healing of wounds.
Global L-leucine Market: Drivers
The l-leucine market is driven by the sporting activities, which is done for the more strength and fitness. Amino acid is a building block of muscles and is a preferred component in human nutrition. Increase in demand for dietary supplements is boosting the demand for l-leucine. Rise in demand for flavor enhancers in the food & beverages processing industry is also driving the l-leucine market. However, unsteady supply of l-leucine is a key challenge facing market players. Consumption of excessive amount of l-leucine causes health concerns. This is hampering the l-leucine market.
Global L-leucine Market: Key Segments
Based on application, the l-leucine market can be segmented into food & beverages, pharmaceutical, health & personal care products, agriculture & animal feed, and others. L-leucine is used as nutritional supplement, which contains essential proteins, in the food & beverages industry. L-leucine is used for nutritional therapy in the pharmaceutical industry. It is used as fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, and skin conditioning agent in health and personal care products. It is also employed in cosmetics. It is used as pet food, animal feed, and crop enhancers in the agriculture & animal feed industry.
Based on source, the l-leucine market can be bifurcated into animal source and plant source. L-leucine is obtained from animal sources such as cheese, beef, chicken, pork, fish, and seafood. It is obtained from beans, peanuts, seeds & nuts, soybeans, etc. from plants.
Global L-leucine Market: Regional Analysis
Based on region, the l-leucine market can be segregated into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Demand for l-leucine is higher in North America than that in any other region. The U.S. leads in terms of consumption of l-leucine due to the high demand for l-leucine in food and pharmaceutical industries in the country. North America is followed by Europe in terms of demand. Asia Pacific is a rapidly growing region of the l-leucine market owing to the growth in food & beverages and pharmaceutical industries in the region. Demand for l-leucine is high in countries such as Japan, China, and India due to the rise in demand for dietary supplements and growth in awareness about health among the people. The market in Latin America & Middle East & Africa is likely to expand at a sluggish pace in the near future.
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Global L-leucine Market: Key Players
Prominent players operating in the l-leucine market include Wuxi Jinghai Amino Acid Co. Ltd., Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Kyowa Hakko Bio Co. Ltd., Luzhou Group, Evonik Industries AG, Meihua Group, Yichang Sanxia Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., and Jiahe Biotech.
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