Echinacea Purpurea is a genus or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. Echinacea Purpurea is one of the nine species in the Echinacea genus which are commonly called purple coneflowers. It has compounds called phenols. Many plants contain phenols, active substances which control the activity of a range of enzymes and cell receptors, and protect the plant from infections and UV radiation damage. Phenols have high antioxidant properties, which are good for human health. Many of Echinacea’s chemical constituents are powerful immune system stimulators.

There are many health benefits associated with Echinacea Purpurea, but the following nine (9) stand out:

  1. Combats Cancer

Fascinating research about Echinacea benefits regarding brain cancer has been published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Stating that the medicinal value of phytochemicals contained in Echinacea is clearly evident and indicates that these agents, as well as phytochemicals not yet discovered in other herbs, may be valuable tools to combat tumours.

  1. Boosts the Immune System

Published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the University of Connecticut performed a meta-analysis study that evaluated 14 studies and determined that Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58%. Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days. Craig Coleman, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and lead author of the study, added that, “The take home message from our study is that Echinacea does indeed have powerful cold prevention and cold treatment benefits.” As I’ve discovered, it’s one of several effective natural cold remedies.

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that the immune system seems to be strongly influenced by the level of the Echinacea dose. It appears that 10 milligrams of Echinacea per one kilogram of body weight, taken daily over a 10-day period, is effective as an immune system stimulant.

In addition, the medical journal Hindawi has published material suggesting that Echinacea stops viral colds. However, the most significant results of Echinacea benefits with regards to the immune system were the effects when used on recurring infections.

  1. Alleviates Pain

Echinacea’s history began when Echinacea Purpurea was used by the Great Plains Indians as a painkiller. It’s especially effective for the following types of pain:

Pain in the bowels

Pain associated with headaches

Pain associated with HSV (Herpes)

Pain associated with gonorrhoea

Pain associated with measles

Snake bites

Sore throats

Stomach ache

Tonsillitis

Toothache

  1. Functions as a Laxative

Like many herbs, Echinacea is particularly healing for the stomach and entire gastrointestinal tract. According to Medical Herbalism, for example, Echinacea can be used as a mild laxative to provide natural constipation relief and as a calming agent.

  1. Anti-Inflammatory

Arguably the number one killer worldwide, inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Various factors — including stress, toxins in our food and poor sleep — all contribute. Thankfully, as explained by the University of British Columbia, regular Echinacea consumption can effectively reverse and alleviate various types of inflammation.

  1. Improves Skin Problems

Echinacea benefits the skin superbly. In a paper prepared by Armando González Stuart, PhD, about herbal safety, it describes how Echinacea has been used by various Native American tribes to treat:

Arthropod bites

Eczema

Inflammatory skin conditions

Psoriasis

Snake bite

Skin infections

Stings

Wound healing

It can also be used to regenerate skin

  1. Helps Improve Mental Health

Echinacea angustifolia is the recommended species to help with specific ailments related to ADD/ADHD, and it can be considered one of the natural remedies for ADHD. Both adults and children suffering from ADD/ADHD have a higher-than-normal chance of experiencing emotional disturbances, especially anxiety, depression and social phobias.

  1. Relieves Upper Respiratory Issues

Because of its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects, Echinacea can be used to relieve the following upper respiratory symptoms:

Acute sinusitis

All flu’s

Common cold

Croup

Diphtheria

Inflammation

Strep throat

Tuberculosis

Whooping cough

  1. Fights Infection

Echinacea is also a fantastic remedy for a whole slew of infections. According to the NIH, taking Echinacea and applying a medicated cream to the skin can lower the rate of reoccurring vaginal infections by up to 16 percent, compared to simply taking the medicine alone. It’s also known to help with:

Bloodstream infections

Genital herpes

Gum disease

Malaria

Syphilis

Typhoid

Urinary tract infections

Vaginal yeast infections

Yes – scientists from the University of Connecticut’s School of Pharmacy reviewed over a dozen studies on the effects of Echinacea on people’s risk of catching a cold. They concluded that Echinacea can reduce a person’s chances of catching a cold by approximately 58%.

They also found that the popular herbal remedy reduces the length of time a cold lasts by 1.4 days. They published their findings in The Lancet Infections Diseases (July 2007 edition).

Echinacea is used by many people today for:

Acid indigestion

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Diphtheria

Dizziness

Genital herpes

Gum disease

Malaria

Migraines

Pain

Rattlesnake bites

Rheumatism

Septicemia – Bloodstream infections

Streptococcus infections

Syphilis

The flu

Tonsillitis

Typhoid

Urinary tract infections

Vaginal yeast infections

Purple coneflower stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. Unlike antibiotics, which directly attack bacteria, Purple coneflower makes our own immune cells more efficient at attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, including cancer cells. It increases the number and activity of immune system cells including anti-tumor cells, promotes T-cell activation, stimulates new tissue growth for wound healing and reduces inflammation in arthritis and inflammatory skin conditions.

The most consistently proven effect of Purple coneflower is in stimulating phagocytosis (the consumption of invading organisms by white blood cells and lymphocytes). Extracts of Purple coneflower can increase phagocytosis by 20-40%.

You may have heard the term “nutrient dense.” What exactly does that mean? Nutrient-dense foods provide vitamins, minerals and other substances that may have positive health effects with relatively few calories. The term “nutrient dense” indicates that the nutrients and other beneficial substances in a food has not been “diluted” by the addition of calories from added solid fats, added sugars, or added refined starches, sodium, or by the solid fats naturally present in the food. Ideally, they are also in forms that retain naturally occurring components, such as dietary fibre

The source of protein for Nicelek is soy or soya. Since the 1960s, soy protein products have been used as nutritional and functional food ingredients in every food category available to the consumer. The agroscience community needed to produce cereal crops sufficient to meet the world food energy requirements for the new millennium. Protein supplementation of cereals is desirable in many instances because cereals have low protein content and are imbalanced in essential amino acid composition. As a result, cereal grains do not supply adequate protein for satisfactory growth of infants and children, nor for the bodily maintenance of adults. Soy protein products are an ideal source of some of the essential amino acids used to complement cereal proteins.

At present, soy proteins are more versatile than many other food proteins in various worldwide nutrition programs. Human and animal studies have shown soy products to be excellent sources of protein. In most food applications, soy protein products are not used as the sole source of protein, but in combination with other proteins. Many studies have shown soy protein products effectively improve the nutritional value of the food, especially when combined with proteins of cereal origin. Protein nutritional quality is generally determined by three factors: essential amino, acid composition, digestibility and amino acid requirements of the species consuming the protein. In addition, the food system and companion protein quality need to be considered.

The dietary requirements of a human being are not for protein per se, but for specific amounts of indispensable, or “essential,” amino acids (building blocks of protein). Soy proteins provide all the essential amino acids needed to fulfil human nutritional requirements for growth, maintenance, or physical stress. This amino acid pattern is among the most complete of all vegetable protein sources and resembles, with the exception of the sulfur-containing amino acids (e.g., methionine), the pattern derived from high-quality animal protein sources.

Some have suggested that, when used as the sole source of protein, soy protein products could be limiting in methionine. However, methionine supplementation of soy protein products in an adult diet is not usually necessary because at levels normally consumed soy protein products supply more than an adequate amount of essential amino acids, including methionine. Both human clinical studies and animal research have demonstrated that soy protein products are comparable in digestibility to other high-quality protein sources such as meat, milk, fish, and egg. Studies of protein quality conducted with young male adults have also shown that soy protein isolate is comparable in protein quality to milk and beef, and 80 to 90% to that of whole egg. Amino acid, vitamin, and mineral fortification of soy protein products is both feasible and nutritionally sound. Special fortification offers an opportunity to provide highly nutritional meals that would otherwise not be available for reasons of cost, stability, ease of preparation, or medical considerations (e.g., hypoallergenic infant formulations).

Therefore, Nicelek™ offers opportunities for special applications for geriatric, infant, hospital, and postoperative feeding. Nicelek™ is designed to provide complete nutrition, specific caloric content and a balance between calories provided by protein, fat and carbohydrate.

We are living in the world of “smarts”! From “smart” phones to “smart” cars! The world’s population equally has become smarter in choosing healthy diets and promoting healthy eating habits. At Mizlek Foods we advocate and embrace “SMART EATING”. You do not have to eat a mountain of breakfast or an oversize bowl of porridge to feel full. We advocate the habit of eating a meal that looks small in size but filled with balanced protein, mineral and vitamins for you to feel full for longer. This is SMART EATING!

The dietary requirements of a human being are not for protein per se, but for specific amounts of indispensable, or “essential” amino acids (building blocks of protein). Soy proteins provide all the essential amino acids needed to fulfil human nutritional requirements for growth, maintenance, or physical stress. This amino acid pattern is among the most complete of all vegetable protein sources and resembles, with the exception of the sulphur-containing amino acids (e.g., methionine), the pattern derived from high-quality animal protein sources.

The absence of an ideal balance of essential amino acids for a particular foodstuff need not be a serious limitation since a human diet usually contains a variety of protein sources, such as cereals, legumes and animal proteins—each with its own characteristic amino acid pattern. By blending these proteins in a daily diet, a suitable balance of the essential amino acids can be obtained. Soy proteins can, in fact, enhance the nutritional quality of other vegetable proteins.

Amino acids that are limited in other proteins may be present in excess amounts in a soy protein product. For example, soy protein products contain a level of lysine which exceeds human requirements. Hence, supplementation with soy protein products provides an excellent way to correct the lysine deficiency in some protein-containing grains, such as wheat or corn. Numerous studies have established the nutritional value of soy protein products in combination with other proteinaceous food ingredients, with or without amino acid supplementation. Essential amino acid requirements for a human being have been investigated for many decades. These requirements are becoming better defined with increasing knowledge of human nutrition. In 1985 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) issued a new set of suggested ideal patterns for essential amino acids for different age groups.

Nicelek is available in retail packs of 750g, 500g and 50g. For institutional customers including school feeding schemes packaging is available from 50g sachets to 25kg bags.

Currently Nicelek is available in an ORIGINAL FLAVOUR. BANANA AND STRABERRY FLAVOURS will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Keep your eyes on the shelves and your ears on the ground!

At a recommended 50g portion/ single serving size, a pack of 750g Nicelek contains 15 delicious and nutritious meals.

Please e-mail us at customercare@mizlekfoods.co.za and we will respond to your enquiry or complaint directly with you at our earliest convenience.