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Innovative ingredients promote the growth of sports nutrition

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Due to the impact of COVID-19, consumers’ lifestyles across the world have changed drastically in the past three years, with a growing shift towards the importance of fitness for their own immunity and health.

The global popularity of sports and fitness brings about rapid growth in the field of sports nutrition. According to the report data, the global sports nutrition market size is valued at $42.9 billion in 2022, and is expected to expand to $81.8 billion in 2030.1

Sports nutrition and supplement market

Sports nutrition products offer benefits across various applications. With the top three most desirable functions including boosting & sustaining energy, building muscle tone and improving sports performance and recovery.2

Innovative ingredients for sports nutrition – health benefits

1. Boosting and sustaining energy

L-Carnitine​ is often categorized as an amino acid. lt improves energy levels by transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria where they can be burned up and used as fuel.

Synnovo®​ L-Carnitine​ powder exhibits superior anti-hygroscopic properties and improved organoleptic qualities in contrast to other L-carnitine products on the market. This is due to INNOBlO's unique proprietary microencapsulation technology that protects the primary ingredient while shielding it from interacting with other ingredients in the formulation.

B vitamins​ are associated with the energy production of protein, carbohydrates and fat, therefore, the vitamin B group is widely used in the products of exercise energy.

Different vitamin B types contain a range of crystals, and are added to products in small amounts, usually mixed with minerals or other ingredients. The degradation of vitamins is often faster due to cross-reaction with other ingredients.

LocVita®​ Vitamins and Vitamin Premixes​ are designed by INNOBIO to solve technical issues during the development of foods, beverages, dietary supplements, and other products which can, in turn, impact consumers. The platform leverages INNOBIO’s microencapsulation technology platform, including:

  • Stability Solutions for Tablet Applications
  • Cold Water Dispersion Technology
  • Taste and Odor - Masking Technology
  • Multi-Nutrient Premix Solutions

INNOBIO’s premix technology platform is based on a mastery of understanding of the physical properties of 15 kinds of vitamins and minerals, 20 kinds of amino acids, and 30 kinds of fatty acids. The result is superior product uniformity, high repeatability across batches, and good powder flowability.

2. Improving sports performance and recovery

L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine (Ala-Gln) ​is a dipeptide that combines the amino acids L-Alanine and L-Glutamine. It is more suitable for RTD applications due to its higher bioavailability, better solubility and stability than single L-Glutamine. Ala-Gln not only relieves fatigue and improves sports performance, but can also improve immunity status. 

Synnovo®​ Ala-Gln​ is generated from amino acids by using a patented biocatalysis process. The process enables the delivery of economically feasible peptides to the industry. The technological superiority of enzymatic synthesis over traditional chemical synthesis is mainly reflected in cost-effectiveness, a fewer-step process and eco-friendly credentials.

L-Citrulline​ is converted to arginine in vivo and then into nitric oxide (NO) molecules. Nitric oxide causes vascular dilatation, increases blood flow, and effectively improves performance and endurance.

Synnovo®​ Sustained Release L-Citrulline​ is embedded with proper coatings using a proprietary process. The result is a gentle sustained release that maintains a steady concentration of activity up to eight hours.

Glycerol​ is a substance that allows for more effective hydration. It is commonly consumed before exercise where it can improve the body's retention of water by reducing urinary output after consuming fluids.

INNOBIO ​Glycerol Powder​ is based on the ​microencapsulation technology, coated with natural materials for superior humidity resistance and flowability, the product is a free flowing, dry powder with uniform particle, without lumps.

3. Building muscle tone

Essential Amino Acids (EAAs)​ are those which the human body cannot synthesize from metabolic intermediates and must be obtained from the diet via dietary proteins and supplements. The BCAAs are included under the umbrella of EAAs. EAA supplements work within a full essential amino acid profile for maximal muscle growth, repair, and recovery.

Synnovo® ​Vegan EAA

INNOBIO uses food-grade materials to embed amino acids to improve their odor, relying on patented microencapsulated technology. Minimizing unpleasant tastes and odors associated with certain nutrients increases consumers' willingness to accept them. INNOBIO’s amino acid premixes are adaptable for customized formulas and functional ingredients.

Vitamin D​ helps support bone health, muscle and immune health.

LocVita®​ Vitamin D3​ uses double-layer embedded technology. This overcomes the challenge of stabilizing fat-soluble vitamins in tablets by embedding them within a double-layer coating material and can maintain the low surface oil (<0.5%) while preserving stability and sustaining strong mechanical forces.


As the member of Sedex, INNOBIO is committed to equality and a safe workplace for every person, ensuring that all workers are free from exploitation. INNOBIO Biotechnology Platform is committed to developing high-efficient, environmentally-friendly and green-processing technology, which can prevent environmental pollution from the source.

INNOBIO looks forward in-depth communication with global partners to promote the sustainable development and transformation of the healthy food industry transformation. It also welcomes the opportunity to build long term partnerships with our customers. 

Find INNOBIO at the Sports & Active Nutrition Summit USA February 15-17, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego.


1. Sports Nutrition Market Size & Trends Analysis Report, 2030 (

2.​ Innova Reports, Sports Nutrition in the US 2022

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