Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that is primarily derived from plant-based sources such as evening primrose oil, borage oil, and blackcurrant seed oil. GLA is known to have various health benefits, including reducing inflammation, regulating blood sugar levels, and supporting skin health.
The GLA market refers to the global market for products that consist of or are derived from GLA, such as cosmetics, supplements, and functional foods. The market is driven by different factors, including growing demand for natural and plant-based products, increasing consumer awareness about the health benefits of GLA, and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, which has increased the demand for GLA supplements as an alternative therapy. Additionally, the growing demand for cosmetic and personal care products that contain GLA is also contributing to the growth of the market.
In addition, rising cases of rheumatoid arthritis is expected boost the demand for gamma linolenic acid across the globe. Pain in joints and swelling are the most common symptoms in arthritis and consumption of gamma linolenic acid in such cases is beneficial as they reduce inflammation and help in preventing arthritis. Changing lifestyles coupled with an increase in consumer awareness related to health issues is also boosting the growth of gamma linolenic acid market.
The gamma linolenic acid market is broadly segmented into by nature type, form, and end-use. Nature type segment is further categorized into conventional, organic. Form is further divided into liquid and powder. The end-use segment includes animal nutrition, pharmaceutical industry, cosmetic and personal care, food & beverage, dietary supplements & functional foods.
Some of the key players operating in the gamma linolenic acid market include Charkit Chemical, Merck KGaA, Cayman Chemical, Enzo Life Sciences, Inc., Cherish Pharma, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Changsha Vigorous-Tech, Penta Manufacturing, Caila & Pares, Acme, Xi'an Sonwu Biotech, DSM, and others. Governments are making health supplements mandatory for the geriatric population. For instance, in March 2023, South Korean government made nutrition supplements mandatory for people aged 65 and above. These health functional foods will consist of 6 functional raw materials and to come with country of origin labelling. This requirement is applied to 13 items and comes under Guidelines for Country of Origin labelling of Agriculture and Fishery products. The requirement is applicable to supplements containing gamma linolenic acid derived from borage seed, primrose seed, and blackcurrant seed. This is expected to increase consumption of GLA in the country in the coming time.
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