Antioxidant is a molecule which prevents oxidation, a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reaction that may destroy or damage cells. While oxygen is vital for aerobic organisms, it produces reactive oxygen species and causes oxidative stress, a common process induced by various stressful conditions and circumstances. The toxicity of oxygen needs effective defense mechanisms to assure the cell survival by maintaining oxidative homeostasis. Now antioxidants are being used in various industries due to their beneficial properties.
Antioxidants can be segmented into two types: Natural antioxidants and Synthetic antioxidants. There are primarily three types of natural antioxidants found in nature that include antioxidant enzymes, antioxidants vitamins and antioxidant photo-chemicals. Most of the powerful natural antioxidants are found in plants. Synthetic antioxidants are chemically synthesized petroleum based antioxidants used primarily to “retard lipid oxidation” in order to preserve and stabilize the refined oils and fats within a food product/food system.
Asia-Pacific is a major contributor to the global antioxidants market supported by increased consumption of antioxidants through food and cosmetics, especially in India and China. The Americas and EMEA regions are also experiencing growth in their respective antioxidant market due to rising demand for animal feed.
The global antioxidants market is expected to grow in future due to increasing disposable income, rising female population, growing demand of animal protein, rapid urbanization and growing consumption of processed food. Key trends of this market include using antioxidants as jet fuel additives; TBHQ and BHA are leading the synthetic antioxidant market and growing demand of cosmetics enriched with antioxidants. However, there are some factors which can hinder the market growth including stringent legal norms, high costs and lack of consumer education.
The report “Global Antioxidants Market: Industry Analysis & Outlook (2018-2022)” by Koncept Analytics provides an extensive research and detailed analysis of the present market along with future outlook. The report discusses the major growth drivers and challenges of the market, covering the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe region along with the global market. The report profiles the key players of the market including BASF AG, Solvay, Eastman and AECI.