The Role of Ginger in Functional Foods for Improving Gut Health

Food, Food Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Food Ingredients & Innovations,
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ginger lends itself to digestive support both during, and outside of, the winter months, because stress can impede digestive function as much as the strain from an overindulgence in holiday foods. Psychological factors have become strongly associated with functional dyspepsia – a disorder of exclusion given the absence of other structural upper gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. Led by symptoms including early satiety, epigastric pain and bloat, among others, functional dyspepsia is believed to affect approximately 20% of the population.

This webinar will explore how a concentrated ginger extract can help to strengthen gut health claims for functional food and beverages, and address the predicted increase in stress-related GI conditions as a result of the 2020 pandemic.

Volatile oils from pungent spices, like ginger, have recently been associated with olfactory-like sensory receptors found within enterochromaffin cells within the GI tract. These receptors receive messages in the presence of these chemicals – similar to the way that the nose smells them – which stimulate GI motility and help in symptom resolution. However, stress and neurological imbalances, including depression, anxiety and acute stress reactions can also lead to changes that affect dyspepsia through impaired neuronal signaling.

While the mechanisms underlying ginger’s potential role in GI health have become clearer, ginger supplementation for functional dyspepsia and other gut concerns has resulted in mixed conclusions. The preparation, storage conditions and format of use (fresh or dried) can lead to varying ratios of gingeroid actives, as well as their inactive derivatives. Culinary use provides indication of this differential, recommending ginger in different preparations to optimize levels of spiciness, pungency and even sweetness.

Given such a difficult 2020 for so much of the global population, the prospect of increased cases of GI distress is highly probable. Innovation in ginger manufacturing has recently allowed for a very high concentration of active ginger principles, without sacrificing stability or adding an excess amount of ginger inactives to the product unintentionally.

Gut health in 2021 will definitely benefit from an evolving perspective on ginger. This webinar will help move participants from what may be a more simplistic sentiment of ginger as a basic culinary spice or concentrated tea, to a solid solution to GI distress that is scientifically-proven, safe, highly stable and concentrated for easy low-dose applications.

Register for this webinar to learn more about how adding a concentrated ginger extract could boost the health benefits of functional food and beverages.


Shavon Michel

Shavon Jackson-Michel, ND, Director of Medical & Scientific Affairs, DolCas Biotech, LLC

Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel is a licensed naturopathic doctor with formal undergraduate training as a biomedical engineer. Her critical thinking and systems approach has informed her expertise in natural medicine and natural products development, while guiding the skillset that she has honed in public speaking, education and science-based marketing. As a science officer with DolCas Biotech, Dr. Jackson-Michel leads the commercial development of many of the company’s top brands, while spearheading the scientific evaluation and product education that supports the sales and marketing teams of DolCas and its formulation partners. Dr. Jackson-Michel also maintains a small wellness practice where she focuses on naturopathic approaches to women’s health & fertility-related conditions.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will benefit those with the following job functions within the dietary supplement, beverage and candy manufacturing sectors:

  • Sales & Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Business Development
  • Sales Directors
  • Product Managers
  • Scientific/Technical Affairs
  • Product Innovation
  • Marketing Managers
  • Director of Research & Development
  • Chief Science Officers

What You Will Learn

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Ginger actives, native vs. clinical concentrations and potential reactions occurring under different storage and preparation conditions
  • GI distress and functional dyspepsia – presentation and population statistics
  • The effects of ginger and other pungent volatile oils on gut-associated nervous tissue
  • Hurdles in ginger supplementation and Ginfort™ as a targeted alternative.

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Dolcas Biotech

Dolcas Biotech is a natural products ingredient firm, specialized in the commercial development and market positioning of clinically studied, patented brands for the dietary supplement, functional foods and beverages industry. Established in 2007 as an extension of its founding corporation Orcas Naturals, DolCas was formed in response to the then-budding interest in branded nutraceuticals. Given our experience in generic powders and extracts, we understood that marketing branded ingredients required a more attentive focus on our customers, a more thorough understanding of science and an evolving sense of the prevailing trends of the industry. DolCas expanded its scope, becoming vertically integrated with the establishment of its own manufacturing facilities in Bikaner, India – DolCas Botanosys – in 2017. DolCas is committed to the highest possible quality and safety standards for our brands and to that end, nurtures its mission to transform lives and optimize health daily.

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