Global lignans market is projected to grow at an appreciable pace, owing to the product’s health benefits as well as shifting consumer trends towards maintaining healthy diet. Lignans are phytonutrients which contain soluble and insoluble fibers. Having the properties of antioxidants, they also tend to strengthen the immune system.
Lignans are also ideal for balancing the hormone levels in the human body. In men, they help balance out the relationship between testosterone-DHT and also restrict some enzymes required to convert testosterone to DHT. This may lead to low DHT levels, enhancing prostate health and preserving testosterone levels. Additionally, in women they help to balance the estrogen levels.
Lignans prevent HSD enzyme in animals, men and women, thereby reducing the levels of stress hormone, which is popularly known as cortisol. They also boast of anti-estrogenic effects and can also stop hormones that are naturally occurring from binding to estrogen receptors and making a negative impact. Lignans offer a weaker and cleaner estrogen to balance any surplus or deficit.
The global lignans market is bifurcated in terms of sources, application, and regional landscape.
With respect to sources, the market is diverged into plant resins, oil seed, and cereals. Among these, the plant resin segment held a share of 8% in 2019 and will show appreciative growth.
Based on application, the market is segmented into cosmetics, food, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, and others. The pharmaceuticals segment is further categorized into cardiovascular disease, estrogen related health diseases, and others. The estrogen related diseases application will witness a CAGR of over 5% over the coming years.
Cardiovascular diseases held a share of over 55% for pharmaceuticals application in 2019 and is expected to continue these growth trends, in the ensuing years. Diets rich in foods which contain plant lignans like nuts, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and seeds have been associated with low risk of cardiovascular disease.
The cosmetics application segment is further classified into toiletries, hair care, skin care, and others, which are perfumes and body products. Hair care segment had a share of over 28% for cosmetics application in 2019. Research studies have revealed that people having high amounts of lignans in their body had a reduced rate of hair loss.
Skin care application will witness a CAGR of over 4% through the projected period. The toiletries segment held a share of over 14% for cosmetics application in 2019 and will show substantial growth throughout the estimated timeframe. Lignans like flax seeds are a good source for skin health and with regular usage one can get radiant glow.
The animal feed application segment is divided into horses, ruminants, and others. The ruminants segment held a share of over 47% for animal feed application in 2019 and will continue to show robust growth in the future. Horses application will witness a CAGR of over 5.5% over the projected time period.
From a regional frame of reference, the North America lignans market held a share of over 20% in 2019. Latin America lignans market will witness a CAGR of over 3.5% owing to the consumption of flax seeds in the regional diet. Meanwhile, Middle East & Africa had a share of over 9% in 2019 and is likely to show appreciative growth.