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Turmeric - the wonder spice

April 24, 2021, 8:44 a.m.
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant and belongs to the ginger family Zingiberaceae, which is native to tropical Southeast Asia. The east has been reaping the medicinal benefits of this special spice for a long time, but it is fairly new in the west. Turmeric is known as the “Indian Saffron” with more than 53 different names in Sanskrit. The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic Period in India. In the last 25 years, there have been more than 3000 publications highlighting the benefits of turmeric, hence proving it’s recognition in modern medicine. Curcumin and its Benefits Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. It is the main compound that gives Turmeric the bright yellow color along with its healing properties. Studies have found a strong link between curcumin and improved health. The therapeutic use of curcumin is linked to many diseases. Turmeric is Anti-inflammatory One of the most researched properties of curcumin is its anti-inflammatory activity. Long-lasting or out of control inflammation is one of the main causes of many health-related problems. These include painful conditions like arthritis, heart diseases, obesity, etc. Curcumin is a powerful anti-oxidant. But, the content of curcumin in turmeric is not sufficient. To gain the benefits of curcumin, the food source is not enough. To gain the full benefits of curcumin opting for a supplement is wise. Turmeric aids in digestion Turmeric works as a cholagouge. It stimulates bile production in the liver and encourages the gallbladder to release bile into the digestive tract. Bile then helps in breaking down and digesting the fats in our foods. Fats play a vital role in our body. Fats keep our eyes, brain, and heart-healthy. It is also used in the production of hormones like testosterone and oestrogen. We also need fat for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, like Vitamin A, D, E and K. Turmeric also protects the liver. The liver converts food into energy — making it one of the most important organs in the body. Studies have shown that curcumin protects against liver diseases and helps in detoxification. Conclusion Curcumin has received worldwide attention for its multiple health benefits, which appear to act primarily through its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. The benefits of curcumin are best achieved when it is combined with piperine (black pepper). Piperine increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. Combine some black pepper with turmeric for better absorption. Curcumin is also fat-soluble. To gain the best results, eat it alongside some olive oil or coconut oil. Research also suggests that curcumin can help in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and subsequent performance in physically active people. In addition, a relatively low dose can provide health benefits for people that do not have diagnosed health conditions.

The best basic spices for your kitchen

April 24, 2021, 9:36 a.m.

Everyone who cooks even a little bit should have a few staple spices, right? If you’re just beginning to stock up, you need to know the best basic spices for your kitchen. Which spices will be the most useful and versatile? And where should you buy them? Can you get quality spices online? Yes. Kisaonline is your perfect partner to fulfill your all spices needs. You can definitely go online shopping for high-quality spices. In fact, many spices that you find online are of much higher quality than those you find on supermarket shelves.. In fact, we make them in small quantities and don’t stock huge amounts of inventory so that you get only the most vibrant, premium spices to use in your cooking.

Here is our list of the best basic spices to buy for your kitchen that you can conveniently find online. As a bonus, we’ve also included some of our favourite seasonings for when you feel like taking a leap into more advanced spices and blends!

Cayenne Pepper.This is an essential spice if you’re looking to add heat to a dish. You can use it in everything from soups and stews to meats, sauces, and chutneys. Even if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, your marinades will benefit from a dash of cayenne pepper to give just a bit of tingle to your palette. Kisa’s Cayenne Pepper is potent and intense for maximum effectiveness.

Cumin.If you want to create smoky flavours, reach for cumin. This spice is a staple in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican food. It adds a layer of richness and smoke to any spice rub. Add it to chili con carne or dust your vegetables with it before roasting for added deliciousness. Kisa’s Cumin is gently toasted and perfect for a variety of foods.

Curry Powder. Whether you’re creating an authentic curry or just looking to add some earthy, warm heat to your meats, fish, and vegetables, you’ll need curry powder. It’s a must for any kitchen, especially if you like cooking exotic dishes or creating complexity. Try Kisa’s Curry Powder, a tantalizing blend of turmeric, cumin, mustard, paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, chili, and fenugreek.

Sweet Smoked Paprika. Every kitchen needs a quality paprika. Not that red, tasteless dust you find on supermarket shelves, but a smoky Spanish blend that adds a sweet heat to any dish, particularly your meats, stews, potatoes, rice, and eggs. Made from smoked ground red chilies, a good paprika like Kisa’s Sweet Smoked Paprika infuses any dish with its vibrant, surprising flavour.