Some Plant Extracts with High Potential for Future Market Application

More consumers are becoming aware of the health benefits of herbal medicines and plant extracts as a result of the increasingly visible side effects of antibiotics and the increasing number of disease events caused by the stressful and busy lifestyles of today’s young population. Its applications in skin care, health care, functional foods, nutritional supplements and cosmetics have increased significantly.

According to MarketsandMarkets analysis, the plant extracts market is valued at approximately $23.7 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $59.4 billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 16.5% from 2019 to 2025. The growing awareness of the side effects of synthetic fragrances and the health benefits of plant medicines and herbal extracts has given a huge boost to the market for plant extracts. In addition, with the increase of R & D activities in the plant extracts market and the popularity of convenience foods, the demand for plant extracts in the food and beverage industry is growing.
With the continuation of the post-epidemic era, immune health, sleep health is expected to become the new favorites of plant extract application market, Brain health and eye care have always been two of the most popular demands of phytosanitary dietary supplements. Here are some plant extracts with high market potential in the future:

  1. Purslane Extracts
    Main role: brain health
    Bacopa monnieri is a herb commonly used in ayurvedic medicine, mainly used to relieve stress and enhance memory. The results showed that purslane and its ethanol extracts could improve the learning ability of rats, and the effect of promoting cognitive function was mainly due to the two active saponins A and B. The active ingredient can not only promote the learning and memory function of normal rats, but also inhibit amnesia (memory loss) caused by scopolamine, electroshock and restraint stress. At present, false purslane has been widely used in various cognitive, brain supplements.
  2. Hops extract
    Main role: emotional support, bone and joint health
    Hop is the substance that gives beer flavor and preservative, and it is also an indispensable material for brewing beer. In beer brewing, hops make beer have a refreshing aroma, slightly bitter taste and anti-corrosion characteristics, and form a white, delicate and rich foam, but also play a role in clarifying wort.
    In addition, hops also have excellent pharmacological effects. The results showed that the polyphenols in hops had obvious antioxidant effect. Hops contain hops, humulus ketone and other chemical components, tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus, bacillus subtilis, and has a hypoglycemic, promote digestion, calm the nerves decompression, relieve joint pain. At present, hops extract is often used in sleep promoting, bone and joint health related dietary supplements and food and drink.
    A recent Japanese study found that hop extract can also improve concentration and thinking. So in the future, hops extract could be applied to ready-to-eat fudge or pressed candy to aid the thinking of students and working people.
  3. Marigold extract
    Main function: eye protection
    Marigold flowers, leaves and roots can be used as medicine, there are heat phlegm, blood circulation, detoxification swelling effect. Autumn and winter flowers, fresh or dried, for upper respiratory tract infections, whooping cough, bronchitis, keratitis, pharyngitis. Marigold essential oil can prevent mosquito bites. In France, it is widely used in perfumes.
    The content of lutein in marigold is very high, and the other carotene impurities are few, so it is easy to separate and purify, so the industrial production of extracting lutein at home and abroad, all take marigold pigment as raw material.
    The main active components of marigold extract are lutein and zeaxanthin, which belong to carotenoids. It is not only an important natural pigment, but also an excellent antioxidant, and the main component of the macular region of the human eye.
    Studies have shown that lutein in the eye filters ultraviolet rays and protects against ultraviolet rays emitted by sunlight, computers, etc. The resulting harm to eyes and vision helps to delay the aging, degeneration and pathological changes of eyes and reduce the incidence of eye diseases.
  4. Ginkgo biloba extract
    Main function: improve memory
    The main medicinal ingredients of Ginkgo biloba leaves are ginkgo flavone and ginkgo lipid, which have the effect of activating blood circulation to remove blood stasis, dredging collaterals and relieving pain, astringing lung and relieving asthma, resolving turbidity and lowering lipid. In addition, ginkgo biloba can also dissolve cholesterol, dilate blood vessels, the treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease has a very good effect.
    At present, gingko leaf products are one of the most used natural drugs in the world to prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
    China accounts for half of the world’s production of gingko leaf extract, and more than 130 countries use it. In 2019, the total sales of gingko leaf preparations, health food and cosmetics will exceed $10 billion, making it the world’s leading plant medicine product.
  5. Alpinia galanga extracts
    Main role: brain health
    Alpinia officinarum Hance, also known as wind ginger, small galangal, high cool ginger, alangang, etc., is the dried rhizome of Alpinia officinal rum hance. Medicine food homologous, can be used as flavoring agent and cooking.
    Galangal has been shown to regulate gastrointestinal function, analgesia and anti-inflammatory effects. Recently, new studies have evaluated the safety and efficacy of galangum extract on brain health.
  6. Lycopene
    Main functions: whitening, anti-oxidation
    Lycopene is a kind of natural red open chain hydrocarbon carotene, which can not be produced by humans and animals. Currently, the main ways of preparation are plant extraction, chemical synthesis and microbial fermentation. Lycopene is a functional natural pigment, which has the physiological functions of preventing many kinds of cancer, protecting heart and brain vessels, protecting skin, improving immunity and so on. It is widely used in health care products, cosmetics, food and beverage fields.
    Main application areas:
    Health products: Gnpd data show a total of 177 new supplements containing lycopene. The State Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) can be consulted, access to the word “national food health” lycopene health products have 31 kinds, of which 2 kinds of imported health products, the other are domestic health products. These 31 kinds of health care products are mainly used for anti-oxidation, anti-aging, enhancing immunity, regulating blood lipids, etc., of which 2 are tablets, 1 oil, the rest are capsules.
    Cosmetics: GNPD data shows that there are 81 new skincare products containing lycopene and 51 kinds of makeup. Typical products such as lycopene moisturizing lotion, etc., have whitening and anti-aging effect. Domestic products have lycopene whitening essence daub needle, with anti-oxidation, anti-allergy, whitening effect.
    Food & Drink: Lycopene In the food and drink sector, lycopine has achieved “novel food” approval in Europe and GRAS (generally considered safe) status in the US, with non-alcoholic beverages the most popular. According to GNPD, there are 20 new products: 7 in fields such as bread and breakfast cereals; 7 species in processed meat, fish and eggs; 7 kinds of dairy products; 6 kinds of chocolate and candy; 5 kinds of sauces and seasonings; 5 kinds of dessert and ice cream. Chinese patent 200810017681 introduces an application method of lycopene in dairy products, which not only maintains nutrition of dairy products but also enriches health care function.
  7. Rosemary extract
    Main function: antioxidant
    Rosemary extract can be divided into two kinds: oil soluble and water soluble, the former is mainly carnosic acid and carnophenol, the latter is mainly rosmarinic acid.
    In addition, rosemary extract also has the characteristics of high temperature resistance: It is still very stable at 240 degrees Celsius, and the stability of general plant extracts is susceptible to temperature.
    Rosmarinic acid is a natural antioxidant whose antioxidant activity is stronger than vitamin E, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and folic acid. It helps to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.
    Because rosemary extract is not sensitive to light, heat and acid, it can play an antioxidant role in fat, meat products, puffed food and condiments and other fields, so it is recognized as a natural antioxidant by the industry.
    Rosemary extract as a natural antioxidant is currently the most outstanding variety, in the fight against fat oxidation will have a very wide range of applications. Such as how to protect a variety of unsaturated fatty acids rancidity and oxidation, Now popular fish oil capsules, CLA, ALA and other health effects to maximize, do not rule out the enterprise will rosemary extract compound among them, to protect the highly oxidized unsaturated fatty acids. The preservation of healthy unsaturated fatty acids in the dairy field will also be a front for rosemary extract to play a role. More convenience foods such as instant noodles, potato chips, French fries, etc. If the future is to be properly classified as healthy products, I am afraid that rosemary extract help.
  8. Elderberry extract
    Main role: Antiviral, enhance immunity
    Elderberry, from the time of Hippocrates, has been regarded as the best medicine for cold and fever, and gradually became popular around the world. Some people call it “European Banlangen,” to improve immunity, anti-virus effect.
    Elderberry is the fruit of a deciduous shrub belonging to the Loniceraceae family. It contains a variety of nutrients such as anthocyanins, wampee and polyphenols.
    Elderberry is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, which can boost the body’s immune system. Elderberries are dark purple, a sign that they contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins belong to flavonoids, is a powerful antioxidant, its antioxidant power is even stronger than vitamin C, can protect cells from damage. Elderberries contain anthocyanins that boost cytokine production, a protein that boosts immunity. Anthocyanins also have anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce severe flu symptoms, such as pain and fever.
  9. Cornflower extract
    Main functions: skin care, eye care
    Cornflower extract in cosmetics, skin care products in the main role of astringent, risk factor is 1, It is safe and can be safely used. It has no effect on pregnant women. Cornflower extract does not cause acne. It can isolate 27 kinds of anti-inflammation triterpenes, which can treat dermatitis and inhibit the induced hypersensitivity of the skin. Can enhance the capillary resistance, inhibit capillary permeability and have anti-inflammatory effect; At the same time, it can eliminate free radicals, anti-oxidation, and ease aging. Also has certain inhibitory effect on melanocytes, so there is a certain whitening freckle effect.
    Cornflower extract is suitable for dry skin, wrinkled skin, sensitive skin, non-pigmented skin, pigminous skin, oily skin, tight skin seven types of skin
    The scent of cornflower is elegant, not particularly inclined to floral or herb fragrance, but the natural taste is not difficult to accept, the well-known four eye wash water (German chamomile, Roman chamomilla, myrtle), one of the four, It can even be used as a substitute for eye drops, but in view of the particularity of contact lenses, it is recommended that after extraction, it is done with a soothing nursing step. In addition to the long-term face of the computer, desk work gens, can also be used to paste the way of Hydrosol, to relieve eye sore, dry itch and fatigue symptoms, mixed with rock rose Hydrogel, can reduce the eye fine lines tight skin.

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