Leucine Market Size & Share, by Sources (Plant, Animal); Application (Food Additive, Flavor Enhancer), End-user (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Agriculture & Animal Feed, Cosmetics & Health Care Products) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2029

  • Report ID: 2847
  • Published Date: Feb 15, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Introduction to Leucine

Leucine is a type of essential amino acid that can’t be produced by humans themselves and can only be obtained through diet. It is one of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and can be used to prepare amino acid transfusion and synthesized amino acid injection, hypoglycemic agent, and plant growth-promoting agent. Leucine is used as an important component in sports nutrition and dietary supplements to increase energy and enhance endurance. It is very essential in the synthesis of muscle. Hence, people engaging in high strength physical activities and obtaining a low protein diet consider leucine as a nutritional supplement. Leucine is often considered preferable over other branched-chain amino acids as it is broken down and absorbed more rapidly.

3D Ball and Stick Structure of Leucine

Market Size and Forecast

Increasing requirement of leucine-based supplements by bodybuilders and sportspersons indulging in heavy exercise, owing to its powerful effects on muscle gaining, as well as the application of leucine as a food additive and lubricant in food and pharmaceutical industries respectively, are some of the significant factors anticipated to boost the market growth. The leucine market is anticipated to record a significant CAGR over the forecast period, i.e., 2021-2029. The market is segmented by end user into food & beverages, pharmaceutical, agriculture & animal feed, cosmetics & health care products, and others. Among these segments, the segment for food & beverages is anticipated to hold the leading share in the market on account of the continuous rise in demand for dietary products and nutritional supplements which contain essential proteins and amino acids. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT

Leucine Market Share, Segmentation by End User

Growth Drivers

Rising Demand for Leucine from Food and Pharmaceutical Industry to Boost the Market Growth

There has been extensive growth in the demand for leucine in the food & beverages processing industry on account of its large-scale application as a food additive for seasoning and flavoring food products. Moreover, it is widely used in the pharmaceutical sector as a component in the production of drugs that aids in balancing sugar levels. Additionally, owing to the health beneficial properties of leucine, the market for leucine is expanding rapidly with an array of innovative product options. Such factors are anticipated to significantly expand the growth of the global leucine market.

Increasing Application of Leucine in Supplements for Sporting and Physical Training Activities to Drive the Market Growth

Owing to the high presence of amino acids and nutritional content, leucine is used to significantly improve the sports performance of sportspersons and for post-training muscle recovery. Moreover, it also offers several health benefits such as energy regulation, reduction in protein breakdown, and control of blood glucose levels. According to the International Society of Sports Nutrition journal, rapidly digested proteins that contain high proportions of essential amino acids and adequate leucine, are most effective in stimulating muscle protein synthesis. It also helps to burn visceral fat and can improve the output of growth hormone as well. Further, doctors usually advise applying leucine after surgery as it improves the healing of skeleton, skin, and damaged muscular tissue. Such factors are anticipated to drive the growth of the global leucine market over the forecast period.


Health Problems Related to Excessive Intake of Leucine to Hamper the Market Growth

Despite the growing usage of leucine, its excessive consumption can cause various adverse effects on human health such as chronic fatigue and impaired coordination. Further, people nowadays prefer other substitutes considering health issues, such as chronic diarrhea, which is anticipated to negatively affect the growth of the global leucine market in the future.

Market Segmentation

Our in-depth analysis of the global leucine market includes the following segments:

By Sources

  • Plant
  • Animal

By Application

  • Food Additive
  • Flavor Enhancer

By End User

  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Agriculture & Animal Feed
  • Cosmetics & Health Care Products
  • Others

By Region

On the basis of regional analysis, the leucine market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. The market for leucine in North America is anticipated to hold the largest share on account of the increasing demand for leucine from the food & beverage industries of the region for producing dietary supplements and health care products. The market in the Asia Pacific, on the other hand, is predicted to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period as a result of the presence of the leading market players in the region which manufactures and markets leucine. Additionally, with the introduction of new technologies along with the abundance of raw materials, several companies are keen on expanding their business, especially in countries such as China and Japan on account of immense growth opportunities which is further anticipated to raise the demand for leucine in the Asia Pacific.

The global leucine market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis.
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis

Top Featured Companies Dominating the Market

  • Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S
    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
  • Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd.
  • Wuxi Jinghai Amino Acid Co., Ltd.
  • Luzhou, Inc.
  • Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd.
  • Jiahe Biotech
  • Viachem, Inc.
  • AMINO GmbH


In the News

  • On September 7, 2017, the research conducted by Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) and researchers at Aarhus University Hospital have concluded that leucine-rich whey protein was superior in preserving muscle protein as compared to soy protein for preventing muscle loss during fasting-induced catabolic conditions.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 2847
  • Published Date: Feb 15, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rising demand for leucine from sports, food and pharmaceutical industries is one of the major factors driving the market growth.

The market is anticipated to attain a significant CAGR over the forecast period, i.e., 2021-2029.

The major players in the market are Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S, Evonik Industries AG, Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd., Wuxi Jinghai Amino Acid Co., Ltd., Luzhou, Inc., Meihua Holdings Group Co., Ltd., and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from segments, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The leucine market is majorly segmented by sources, application, end user and by region.

The food & beverages segment, which is a sub-segment of the end user segment, is anticipated to hold the largest market share during the forecast period.

Concerns for the intake of excessive quantity of leucine, which can result in health hazards is one of the major factors estimated to act as barriers to the growth of the market.

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