Ingredient Insights: Digestive Health: Ken Research


Digestive health is considered a mainstream topic in health management. The goal of digestive health is to easing inflammatory bowel conditions and helping balance friendly bacteria in the digestive system. As digestive health is fully associated with food and drink intake, there is an opportunity to formulate consumer products that alleviates conditions, and prevents digestive and gut discomforts. It thoroughly investigates the complete value chain, from raw materials, ingredient manufacturing, and ingredient suppliers, to manufacturers, final products, and consumers.

For digestive health benefits, Ingredient providers increasingly are developing prototype products for food and beverage developers. Ingredients containing minerals, vitamins, herbs, fiber, amino acids, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics  encourage gut health are being incorporated in energy, sports and vegetable drinks, juices, yogurt, snacks and fermented foods. Eating foods or supplements with these digestive health ingredients may help reduce diarrhea, constipation and vomiting.

There are many steps are involved to build and maintain digestive health such as eating  fruits and veggies, getting plenty of fiber, nutrients from food, consuming adequate protein, staying hydrated, limit fats & concentrated sweets, eat mindfully, stay calm, keep moving and pay attention to body etc. Fiber helps gastrointestinal tract (GT) stay regular improve cardiovascular health & regulate blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and enhance proper bowel function. It is defined in two forms; soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber may help a protective role in heart disease and diabetes. Insoluble fiber helps prevent conditions of the GT such as constipation, diverticulosis and hemorrhoids. The nutrients obtained from food play a vital role in the health of the entire body, including digestive health. Some sources of nutrients are vitamin A, vitamin D, calcium, iron, potassium and folic acid etc. Consume adequate protein are obtained from two main sources; animal foods and plant foods. Animal foods contain saturated fats and cholesterol whereas plant foods contain more beneficial mono- and polyunsaturated fats.

According to study, “Ingredient Insights: Digestive Health – Opportunities to capitalize on demand for formulations addressing consumers digestive health needs” some of the major companies that are currently working in the digestive health ingredients insights are Nestle, Purecircle, Tate &lyle, Yakult, Talenti, Rowntrees, Flavorhealth, Coca-cola, Mycotechnology, Layn natural ingredients, Jordans and Bolthouse farms.

There are some digestive health supplements such as peppermint oil, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), ginger, chamomile, L-glutamine, artichoke and psyllium. Peppermint oil may help relieve abdominal pain, bloating and gas. Ginger is a substance that promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system and soothes the intestinal tract. Chamomile can help treat digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and colic.

Probiotics, prebiotics, and polyphenols are the three main groups of ingredients commonly used to enhance digestive health. Probiotics are live microorganisms it is defined as microorganisms that have a beneficial effect on the host intestinal microbial balance i.e. lactobacillus species and bifidobacterium species. Good adhesion, non-pathogenic, capability of surviving & metabolizing, good viability and modulate immune response are some properties of probiotics. Prebiotics are compounds in food that induce the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi, inulin, lactulose and poly-dextrose etc. Polyphenols are ingested as complex mixtures in a food matrix, which undergo a digestion process in the human body. These are naturally occurring compounds found largely in the fruits, vegetables, cereals and beverages. The emerging ingredients help food and drink manufacturers to capitalize on demand for formulations addressing consumers and the digestive health needs.

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