Lactulose is a non-absorbable form of sugar or prebiotic carbohydrate. It can be produced by isomerization of lactose, which stimulates the growth of health-promoting bacteria in gastrointestinal tract. It is used in treatment of hepatic encephalopathy, maintain insulin and blood glucose level and treatment of constipation. It is a synthetic sugar solution which works by decreasing the amount of ammonia in the blood which is anticipated to growth of lactulose market. Lactulose is widely used as filler for capsules & tablets in the medicinal industry and there are some health benefits of lactulose as nutrition ingredients which include stimulating effect, stimulation of intestinal flora and improvement in calcium absorption. It consists of detoxifying properties which are helpful in the treatment of hyperammonemia caused by portal systematic encephalopathy directed to increasing lactulose market in pharma industries.
Some of the side-effects are included gas, burping, diarrhea, muscle cramps/weakness, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, seizures, stomach rumbling/pain, mental/mood changes, bloating, nausea, and others. The key advantages of lactulose as food materials include good heat resistance, good acid resistance, promote the absorption of calcium & magnesium, and low calorie and sweetness and safe & reliable etc.
According to study, “Global Lactulose Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024” the key companies operating in the global lactulose market are Abbott, Solactis, Relax Excellence IN Lactulose, Morinaga Milk Industry Co. Ltd., Biofac A/S, Fresenius Kabi, Fresenius KABI, Inalco, Melei, Lactose India Limited., Dandong Kangfu, Illovo. The key manufacturing companies are busy in the production and trying to manufacture highly pure lactulose which will have a good performance, a propos of refining expertise.
Based on product type, lactulose market is segmented into crystalline lactulose and liquid lactulose. The liquid lactulose segment is a colorless to dark yellow transparent liquid with low calorie and low sweetness and content of more than 50%. Based on isomeric forms, market is segmented into alpha or beta furanose and alpha or beta-pyranose. Based on raw materials, market is segmented into lactose, sodium hydroxide, and additional supplementary chemicals. In addition, based on application, market is segmented into food ingredients, healthcare products, pharmaceuticals and others.
The lactulose market is driven by rise in consumption of highly processed & fast foods, followed by modern lifestyle of the population, increase in awareness about health among people, rise in need to curtail costs, strength of reserved label brands, increase in use of ever-changing product prices, and growth in prevalence of diseases. However, high cost of manufacturing of lactulose may impact the market.
Based on geography, the North-American and European regions dominate the lactulose market owing to extensive popularity of lactose and its derivative products in the regions. The Asian-Pacific region is expected to witness fastest growth rate due to change in lifestyle, increase in population and rise in disposable income over the forecast period. It is estimated that future of the market will be bright on account of high rate investment in research & development (R&D) in food & beverage industry and growth in innovations in product development during forecast period. The worldwide market is predictable to grow at a CAGR of approximately 4.5% over the next five years, will reach US $180 million in 2024, from US $150 million in 2019.
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