Monthly Archives: September 2014

CINNAMON AND ITS BENEFITS TOWARDS CURING PARKINSON’S DISEASE

We at Mc Currie have written on the benefits of Cinnamon prior to this. However, we always watch out for new benefits of cinnamon and its effect on illnesses.

As reported in the Daily Mail of London, Cinnamon could be a secret weapon in the battle against Parkinson’s disease. Scientists have found that cinnamon is the source of a chemical that can protect the brain.

Our liver converts cinnamon into sodium benzoate, an approved drug used in the treatment of neural disorders.

In a study of mice at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, a team of researchers found that the chemical enters the brain, stops the loss of proteins that help protect cells, protects neurons and improves motor functions.

Lead researcher Professor Kalipada Pahan told the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, “Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the word for centuries. This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.”

He said that the next step is testing cinnamon on patients with the disease.

The study found that, ground cinnamon after being eaten is converted into the chemical sodium benzoate, which enters the brain, stops the loss of Parkin and DJ-1, protects neurons, normalizes neurotransmitter levels and improves motor functions in mice with Parkinson’s disease.

Professor Pahan further said, “Understanding how the disease works is important to developing effective drugs that protect the brain and stop the progression of Parkinson’s”

Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain called the substantia nigra.

Primary motor signs are:-

1. Tremor of hands, legs, arms jaw and face.
2. Bradykinesia or slowness of movement
3. Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk.
4. Postural instability or impaired balance and co-ordination.

Professor Pahan further went on to say that tests had shown that “Ceylon” cinnamon is better at halting Parkinson’s as it is more pure.

Hence, for the purest of Cinnamon, visit our Showrooms at Maya Avenue, Colombo 6, Makumbura Pannipitiya ,or Nalanda (in the Matale District)

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CINNAMON AND ITS BENEFITS TOWARDS CURING PARKINSON’S DISEASE

CinnamonCinnamon could easily be dubbed the “Super-Food”

We at Mc Currie have written on the benefits of Cinnamon prior to this. However, we always watch out for new benefits of cinnamon and its effect on illnesses.

As reported in the Daily Mail of London, Cinnamon could be a secret weapon in the battle against Parkinson’s disease. Scientists have found that cinnamon is the source of a chemical that can protect the brain.

Our liver converts cinnamon into sodium benzoate, an approved drug used in the treatment of neural disorders.

In a study of mice at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, a team of researchers found that the chemical enters the brain, stops the loss of proteins that help protect cells, protects neurons and improves motor functions.

Lead researcher Professor Kalipada Pahan told the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, “Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the word for centuries. This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.”

He said that the next step is testing cinnamon on patients with the disease.

The study found that, ground cinnamon after being eaten is converted into the chemical sodium benzoate, which enters the brain, stops the loss of Parkin and DJ-1, protects neurons, normalizes neurotransmitter levels and improves motor functions in mice with Parkinson’s disease.

Professor Pahan further said, “Understanding how the disease works is important to developing effective drugs that protect the brain and stop the progression of Parkinson’s”

Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain called the substantia nigra.

Primary motor signs are:-

1. Tremor of hands, legs, arms jaw and face.
2. Bradykinesia or slowness of movement
3. Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk.
4. Postural instability or impaired balance and co-ordination.

Professor Pahan further went on to say that tests had shown that “Ceylon” cinnamon is better at halting Parkinson’s as it is more pure.

Hence, for the purest of Cinnamon, visit our Showrooms at Maya Avenue, Colombo 6, Makumbura Pannipitiya ,or Nalanda (in the Matale District)

Spice Fried Okra

spice fried okraIngredients

450g Okra cut into 1cm pieces, 150ml water, 1 large onion sliced, 2 cloves garlic sliced, 2 slices ginger chopped, 1 tspn Mc Currie Unroasted Curry powder, 5 tspns Mc Currie Turmeric Powder, 5 tspns Mc Currie Chillie powder, 2 tbsp Mc Currie Maldive fish chips, 1 tspn Mc Currie salt, 3 tbspns vegetable oil, 2 tbspns Mc Currie Curry leaves, 5 tspns Mc Currie roasted curry powder.

Method

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the garlic and ginger and curry leaves, and then add the turmeric, chillie powder, unroasted curry powder and the pieces of okra. Stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the maldive fish and stir well. Add 150ml water, t stp salt, lower the heat cover and cook for 6 to 7 minutes, until the okra is just tender, but still firm to the bite. Add the sliced onions and lastly stir in the roasted curry powder and cook for a few seconds.
Note: You may use milk instead of water.

WHICH IS THE SAFEST COOKEWARE?

Quality of Cookware is one area that most housewives tend to overlook or are not aware of. Cookware comes in a variety of designs and materials. For instance, there are non-stick pans, aluminium pans (of various qualities) and clay pots

clay potIn Sri Lanka the clay pot is still used. It is the safest of cookware and food prepared in clay pots are tastier than food prepared in other types of cookware. In the days gone by the clay pot was made to suit the “Dara Lipa” or “Firewood Oven”. However, today there are clay pots specially made to be used on gas stoves. The difference is that the former clay pot is thicker than the clay pot turned out for gas stoves and the simple reason for this is to save on gas.

When we come to the more modern forms of cookware, our minds take us to the non-stick cookware, which is a housewives dream come true, as it is easy to cook in these non-stick pans. Some even do not need oil for frying! But have you stopped to think the damage these non-stick pans could cause to your health? It is best that you avoid cooking in non-stick cookware, as these pans contain Teflon.

non stickTeflon is a tough synthetic resin made by polymerizing tetrafluoroethylene and is used to coat non-stick cookware. You would be surprised to note that Teflon was used as gas tight seals in the production of enriched uranium for the first atomic bomb in 1945. It was also used for coating bullets. Hence, one should be vary of using non-stick cookware.

If you find that the coating on your non-stick cookware is peeling off, stop using these pans immediately. On the other hand if the coating is intact, avoid heating it over 450F as no sooner it skips this number, it releases toxic gases.

Aluminum potsAluminium pots and pans should be avoided as well, as it may cause aluminium to leach into the food. It is best that these aluminium pots are avoided altogether. For instance you cannot prepare a pineapple curry in aluminium cookware, as the acid mixed up with the aluminium could cause harmful side effects that may not emanate immediately and may come up in various other diseases.

Avoid ceramic dishware that is cracked or chipped because the glazes used in ceramic dishware often contain lead and cracked or chipped glazes may be more likely to leach lead into foods and liquids. Avoid dish racks made of plastic-coated wire, substituting instead stainless steel dish racks

Taste Of Paradise In a Jar

Our Chairman, Nalin Pathikirikorale has been the back bone and the guiding hand of ‘Mc Currie’.

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Mr. Pathikirikorale, an old boy of Royal College started life as a Medical Rep, with Reckitt and Colman under Mr Lalith de Mel, the then Marketing Manager of Reckitts. He later joined Consolexports, the only state-owned export company at the time and worked as a Produce Executive, dealing with spices and non-traditional exports – under Mr Summa Navaratnam, the then Produce Manager.
In 1975, he was offered a job at Marpro Ltd in the UK, the largest broker in vegetable oils with 14 offices world-wide. Mr. Pathikirikorale handled all soft commodities of the company. Eight years later, he got on the Board of Marpro and offices in the far east stretching from Karachi, Bombay, Cochin, Delhi, Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Tokyo, came under his purview.
In 1979, he established the Lankpro Group of Companies in Colombo in partnership with Marpro, UK; the only international commodity broker in Sri Lanka and the first company to bond sugar and rice in Sri Lanka.
Lankpro was active in the petroleum sector and represented Glencore, a major International trading house in petroleum and fertilizer. Lankpro was also the Agent for Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and facilitated IOC’s entry into Sri Lanka.
In 1983, Marpro established an office in Singapore and Mr Pathikirikorale was appointed its Managing Director.

In 1984, Mr Pathikirikorale set up Lanka Spice (Pvt) Ltd in partnership with Marpro to manufacture value added spices, spice blends, curry powders for both local and export markets under the brand name “Mc Currie”.

Chairman_Nalin-Pathikirikorale_2He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom (FCMI).
Without his understanding, guidance and nurturing of the Company and its employees Mc Currie would not have been where it is now. Yes !standing tall on the highest Echelon of the Industry, with its mouth-watering and flavorsome treats including chutneys, curries, fries, pastes, sauces, pickles, sambols, spice mixes, powdered spices, whole spices and crushed condiments.
Mc Currie keeps improving every day, as Mr. Pathikirikorale, stands in the background,

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watching, correcting and guiding us along the way. His brainwaves are many. Mc Currie moves forward with Masalas and Exotic Fillings in the range of pastries that we are in the process of bringing into the market shortly.
It is this man who is a pillar of strength, whose vision for the future of the company is clearly mapped out, to take Mc Currie further and deeper into the industry, with its innovative products and services.
Sports crazy, our Chairman, has travelled all over the world; been to the last 8 Olympic Games (Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London), last 6 World Cup Cricket Finals (Melbourne, Lahore, London, South Africa, West Indies and Mumbai) the Soccer World Cup finals in Berlin, World Cup Rugby final in Auckland and the Wimbledon Tennis Finals in the UK. Hanging behind his seat in his office is an original limited edition portrait of Sir Donald Bradman, with his signature placed firmly on amongst other sports memorabilia collected over the years.
We sit back and watch the unravelling of our Story, of “A Taste of Paradise in a Jar”

GARLIC, GINGER AND TURMERIC THE SUPER TRIO IN THE UNIVERSE OF SPICES THAT HELPS END CERTAIN ILLNESSES

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People are today inundated with various types of illnesses, some of which we have never heard before. If we sit back and think of the era of our great-grandparents and grandparents or of even anyone else we have known to have lived a good 95 years, you will see that these people died of old-age and not of any incurable disease. However, visit the hospitals today and you will find young and middle-aged people with incurable diseases, just waiting for their time of call.

The simple answer to this is that our ancestors took great care in what they ate and how they grew produce for consumption. There were no insecticides or pesticides used. They consumed fresh vegetables and fruits, getting a lot of exercise working on the home garden plots. This is the actual secret of their longevity. It is as simple as that.

Articles may be published and advice given on how to stay healthy, but it is up to the individual concerned to make an effort to adhere to the advice given in articles on how to stay healthy.

Garlic and Ginger are considered the medicines for good health. Turmeric joins them as an addition and that is to stay healthy and look young and pretty. These three commodities we use daily, but if you look at the plates of the younger generation, you will see rows of sliced cooked garlic and ginger arranged prettily on the rims of their plates. This is alarming if not sad, as these youngsters do not know the actual value of these spices.

How many of us are aware that these spices can cure cancer, lower cholesterol, regularize high blood pressure, make the heart healthier and eliminate many other diseases?

Dr. Erik Block, PhD a Professor of the State University New York at Alabany says, “According to the National Cancer Institute garlic lies among the top of the list of foods ingested as a potential weapon against many types of cancer. Whether you eat it raw or cooked, garlic is an important cancer fighter.”

Garlic –The list ofGarlic what garlic can do is endless, but the most important are given below:-

• Garlic has antibiotic properties
• Reduces Cholesterol
• An anti-cancer agent
• Regulates blood pressure
• Thins the blood
• Promotes heart health
• Increases bile production

                                                                                                                  Ginger                           Ginger – It is said that the Ginger Plant originated in the Garden of Eden. Ginger like garlic, helps cure a large number of diseases. Ginger is highly effective in preventing and curing heart disease, cancer, arthritis and several other diseases. It boosts appetite. Ginger helps in curbing morning sickness. However on this aspect it is best that you consult a doctor.

The other benefits of ginger are:-

• It reduces menstrual pain
• Cures nausea and vommitting
• Helps reduce flatulence
• Relieves headaches
• Relieves pain caused by Arthritis.

Turmeric – Turmeric contains bio-aturmericctive compounds with powerful medicinal properties. It is known that turmeric is used in many forms of beauty therapy and in creams etc. However, the most important of use of turmeric is in treating illnesses.

The other benefits of turmeric are:-

• It leads to various improvements that could lower the risk of heart disease.
• It can help prevent (and perhaps treat) cancer
• It has incredible benefits against depression
• It may help delaying aging and fight age-related chronic diseases.
• Lowers the risk of brain diseases.
• A teaspoon of turmeric in a warm glass of milk helps prevent colds and flu.

Hence, look to the super Trio cure to fight illnesses.

A Tribute to the “Dara Lipa” Or Firewood “Oven”

dara_lipa1This article is indeed a tribute to our grandmothers, grand-aunts and domestics of long ago.

If one looks back over the years of our grandparents, life then was so different to what it is now. Life was not a rat race as it is today. Old folk like our grandmothers’ and grand-aunts’ had plenty of time on  tDara Lipaheir hands to turn out the best in culinary delight in their time. In the years gone by there were no microwaves, gas cookers or electric cookers and baking ovens and they relied on the ever faithful “dara lipa” or firewood “oven”, set by placing three bricks in a circular fashion, inserting firewood through the open sides, a little kerosene oil added and you had a blazing fire or if the firewood was perfectly dry, then you need not even want kerosene oil.

Change in the culinary world that brings quick and easy to prepare recipes is good indeed and it is welcomed with open arms by today’s housewife. If you visit the supermarkets you will find a section entirely reserved for ready-to-eat jar products. The variety is extensive, from Katta Sambol to Polos Curry to Fish Curry, all packed in jars. All the housewife needs to do is open up a few ready-to-eat-jars products and you have an instant meal, saving on gas and energy. This is indeed well and good.

However, we should not forget the years of old, when our grandparents and old domestics sweated and worked hard in front of a “dara lipa” or firewood “oven”, to turn out the most mouth-watering of food. If you travel to the outskirts of Sri Lanka, you will find the age old “dara lipa” still hard at work. Clay pots turned black as their contents bubbled and sent aromas that would have your taste buds tinkling. It is said that when a curry is left to simmer on a firewood oven, the spices have time to penetrate the meat, fish or vegetables that are being cooked and this is the secret that food prepared on a firewood oven tastes heavenly.

Hence, it is only but right that we take time off to reminisce the past culinary delights as a tribute to our grandmothers’ grand-aunts’ and domestics of yore.

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