Calcium is an essential mineral for human health. Its deficiency leads to various problems like weak bones, muscle cramps, dry skin, etc. Lack of sufficient vitamin D, low intake of calcium-rich foods, magnesium deficiency, and kidney disorders are some of the main reasons of inadequate calcium levels in humans. This problem is addresses by calcium supplements. Calcium lactate is a white or black crystalline salt. It is one of the chelated forms of calcium. In calcium lactate, the calcium is combined with lactic acid. Supplements taken in this form are more easily absorbed. Other common forms of calcium supplements include calcium citrate and calcium carbonate. Apart from its use as a nutritional supplement in the form of pills, calcium lactate is also added to foods. It also serves as a firming agent, flavor enhancer, thickener, and leavening agent in the food industry. Beverage manufacturers use calcium lactate as a gelling agent as well as a nutritional supplement. It is also widely used in animal feed and agriculture. These applications are expected to drive demand.
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Modern lifestyle and dietary habits will also propel need for calcium lactate supplements. High consumption of nutritionally-deficient fast food, lack of sun exposure, and stress are increasing at an alarming rate all over the world. Geriatrics is a lucrative customer segment for calcium lactate market. Elderly, especially post-menopausal women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis. Most of them need regular dosage of calcium lactate to avert bone-related ailments. Rising global number of geriatrics and higher life-expectancies are proving favorable for growth of calcium lactate market. However, calcium lactate is expensive. It contains less elemental calcium as compared to calcium nitrate and calcium carbonate. Therefore more tablets have to be consumed to get the same dose. Supplements of calcium lactate are associated with various side effects including upset stomach, headaches and constipation. This may inhibit industry growth. Foodchem International Corporation, Lactochem Ltd, Aashna International, etc. are well-known global suppliers of calcium lactate. Prominent suppliers in China include Wuhan Biocar Bio-Pharm Co. Ltd., Fooding Group Limited, Changzhou Kamadi Trading Co. Ltd., and Henan Boom Gelatin Co. Ltd. Research and development for production of cheaper, more absorbable forms are critical to market competitiveness. Manufacturers are required to adhere to norms prescribed by US FDA and other key authorities.
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