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INGREDIENTS AND FLAVOURS

Dolcas unveils high concentration ginger extract branded Ginfort
Thursday, 24 December, 2020, 16 : 00 PM [IST]
New Jersey
DolCas Biotech Limited has added a new highly concentrated all-natural ginger root extract (Zingiberofficinale roscoe), branded as Ginfort. The patented bioactive, formulated by Olene Life Sciences, in India, carries an approved digestive support claim and rounds out the company’s strongbox of structural, functional health ingredients.

Its proprietary extraction process solves common challenges formulators encounter in meeting the three key parameters of an effective nutraceutical ingredient: achieving low-dose actives, providing high clinical effectiveness, and maintaining stability. Its high-potency action is owed to a blend of food-grade in-actives applied to a base material ofsolvent-free extracts of ginger oleoresins. CO2 is used to isolate and enrich the gingeroids and other ginger actives.

Vivek A. Parachur, co-founder and CEO, Olene, said, “The unique extraction process for Ginfort optimizes the functionality and potency of the oleoresin and other actives in ginger, bringing the millennia-long medicinal uses of ginger to the forefront of science and market development.”

Ginger has been highly prized in ancient Chinese and Indian (Ayurveda) traditions not only for its culinary properties but as a powerful medicinal, especially as a prominent reliever of stomach distress. The underground rhizome of the ginger plant holds the bulk of its beneficial properties, most of which are attributed to the presence of volatile oils.

Gingerol is the most predominant bioactive compound of ginger and is responsible for its characteristic pungent flavor, and the6-gingerol form is, the most prominent gingeroid. It also is acclaimed for its spasmolytic activity on the gut wall and its capacity to normalize gut motility. The phenolic compound also is noted for its anti-inflammatory and protective role over gastrointestinal membranes and other tissue types.

The digestive health-supporting nonvolatile oil components of ginger — gingerols and shogaols — make up less than 3 per cent of fresh ginger. In dried extracts these actives have till now only been successfully enriched by 5 per cent to 10 per cent, with higher concentrates raising concerns for stability as exposure to heat and lengthy processing methods irreversibly convert gingerols and shogaols, into lesser active paradols.

Its patented production process concentrates the highly lipophilic gingeroids to 26 per cent standard and simultaneously stabilizes them in their respective concentrations without compromising on the free-flowing material. Of the 26 per cent standard, more than half of it is maintained as 6-gingerol.

DrShavon Jackson-Michel, director of medical andscientific affairs, said, “In the fourth quarter of a tumultuous 2020, and at the crossroads of the most festive, food-centered season, we decided to launch Ginfort as DolCas’ newest patented active, bringing our solution for digestive health to people across the globe.”

The company will be providing a free webinar on Ginfort through XTalks on January 26in which it will refresh discussions surrounding the topic of health resolutions and health commitments emanating fromthe holiday season.

“Given our success with Dolcas in turningCurcugen and Fortiquin into world leaders within the innovative supplement market, it seemed a natural fit to partner with them to bring our Ginforthigh purity ginger extract powder into the digestive health market,” addedParachur.

The product has been thoroughly evaluated for safety per OECD guidelines, and a new study endorsing its beneficial role on dyspepsia is set to be published in the coming months.

K.G.Rao, president and CEO,DolCas, said, “This upcoming study on digestive health will be among many studies trials to be performed on Ginfort, as the clinical possibilities are endless. An internal commitment to keep our brands commercially relevant through expanding and evolving science portfolios are key elements of our missionbut foundationally it begins with pioneering collaborations — such as we have developed with Olene.”

The company’s business model has garnered attention from the global business and technology magazine, The Silicon Review,which designated it as one of 2020’s ‘Most Innovative Companies' to watch.

The product can be applied to powder fills, soft gels and liquid capsules. The possibility of integrating it into lozenges is also being assessed. It is Halal-certified and is in the process of securing Kosher certification.
 
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