The global alginate market is expected to witness huge demand in coming years. In 2021, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University announced developing a way to 3D print a full-size model of a patient’s heart. The researchers made use of alginate to mimic the mechanical properties of cardiac tissues. Experts claim that the impeccable property of the compound suggests that surgeons could make use of alginate material to practice stitching up a heart model.
Across the food applications, the compound functions as a thickener and possibly a new material for substituting sodium alginate. Additionally, for health food applications that use alginate as a dietary fiber, potassium alginate has become increasingly popular.
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The alginate market to expand beyond $755 million by 2027.
One of the important business verticals of the food and nutrition sector, the alginate market is slated to account for progressive growth from 2021 to 2027. Formerly used extensively as an ingredient and additive in the food industry, alginate has emerged as an important compound for a plethora of applications and industries encompassing pharmaceuticals, medical, and cosmetics sectors.
Calcium alginate is an insoluble form of alginate with a relatively higher swelling capacity. The material can be woven to produce flexible ribbons or patch for filling cavity or wounds and are used as a wound dressing. It has the potential to absorb up to 15 to 20 times more than its initial weight, while its non-adhesive surface makes it possible to be effectively removed from the wound site.
The pharmaceutical & biomedical industries have emerged as a hotspot for alginate market over recent years. Reason? Its use as a biomaterial for hydrogel, wound, and aerogel dressings. In the food industry, the compound is used to coat vegetables and fruits as a viral and microbial protection product, and as a thickening, gelling, or emulsifying agent. Besides, its biodegradability, non-toxicity, and biocompatibility properties have encouraged scientists to explore new properties for alginate usage.
Calcium alginate dressing is generally well-known for forming a non-adherent gel, which accentuates wound healing by promoting a moist wound healing environment, supporting trauma prevention to the wound bed and surrounding skin, and facilitating debridement.
In yet another instance, an international group of scientists from Russia and India declared creating three types of edible food films based on sodium alginate for packaging poultry, vegetables, fruits, seafood, and meat. Reports suggest that these films constitute natural ingredients and are considered to be safe for the environment and health.
Sodium alginate is a natural non-toxic polymeric material that can be utilized in myriad applications ranging from food and beverages to additives up to scientific applications. It is generally present in different forms, gels, particles, and others.
Potassium alginate boasts properties similar to those of sodium alginate. Some of the vital applications of potassium alginate include uses in food industry and suppression of abnormally high blood pressure.
Prominent players operating in the overall alginate market space include Kimica Corporation, Algaia, Ingredient Solutions Inc., J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH + Co KG, Algea, Ceamsa, and Marine Biopolymers Ltd.
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Such initiatives are monumental in expanding the overall alginate market size, which is currently dominant in the growing demand for distinguished types of these compounds, namely sodium alginate, calcium alginate, propylene glycol, and others.
On the other hand, sodium alginate-based particles have come out as one of the highly searched drug delivery platforms subject to their characteristic properties such as biodegradability and biocompatibility for improved delivery, prolonged release, and stabilization of encapsulated drugs.
Sodium alginate gels are vastly being used as a model system for mammalian cell culture in biomedical analysis. The deficiency of these receptors for alginate, merged with the low protein adsorption to alginate gels enable these materials to serve in ample ways, upon which highly specific and quantitative modes for cell adhesion can be implemented.
For bringing down increased BP levels, researchers suggest that the material possesses relatively higher sodium ion adsorption capacity, and the intake of potassium alginate leads to excretion of sodium from the body. Reports claim that it is thus effective in suppressing hypertension.
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