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By: Lauren McRae
Turmeric is being studied for it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Two of NorthShore's dietitians share their favorite ways to incorporate this nutritious plant into their days. Whether you're looking for a way to warm up or to boost your immune system this flu season.
A Tsp. of HoneyFor allergies and colds, Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, ABOIM, Medical Director, NorthShore Integrative Medicine Program, suggests this turmeric concoction:
Combine all of these ingredients into 1 tsp. of raw local honey, then eat the honey.
Dr. Mendoza Temple says the raw, local honey has pollens mixed in it that landed on the bee's coat when it made the honey, so it helps desensitize you to local allergens. The turmeric is a natural, anti-inflammatory to quell the swelling of sinuses, and black pepper helps move the turmeric through the bloodstream to where it needs to go.
Ginger and Turmeric Hot Cider Warm apple cider is the perfect winter comfort drink for Lori Bumbaco, Oncology Dietitian at NorthShore. This special cider combines ginger and turmeric for a unique flavor and nutrition profile.
Nutritional information (per serving):Calories: 120 Total Fat: 0 g Carbs: 30 g Protein: 0 g Dietary Fiber: 0 g Sodium: 8 mg
Recipe original appeared in the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Warm Spiced Turmeric Milk Another good way to get a healthy dose of turmeric during cold winter months is by substituting hot chocolate for this drink from Emmaline Rasmussen, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Research Dietitian at NorthShore.
What's your favorite way to enjoy Turmeric?