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The Benefits of Garlic


April 19 is National Garlic Day and we are sharing one of our staff’s favorite ways to support their health and immunity the Wellness Shot. Learn more about what’s in the wellness shot and benefits of garlic on the body. Join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy a featured dish from Woodside Executive Chef, Michael Giampetruzzi. Click here to learn more
To many of us, garlic is a staple ingredient in our households. It brings an elevated level of flavor to any meal and tastes great. However, what we don’t think about is all the benefits that tiny clove carries and the impact it has on our overall health and wellness. Garlic has been used for its medicinal properties throughout ancient history and is still considered a powerful natural medicine today. When a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed, it releases a sulphuric compound that works wonders on your health. Garlic is also full of vitamins and minerals like manganese, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and other antioxidants, including allicin. Let’s take a look at some of the other benefits.
  • Immunity Boosting | Consuming raw garlic has been proven to help boost your immunity and combat sickness including the common cold.   
  • Anti-inflammatory | Garlic, even more specifically garlic oil, has been proven to help alleviate pain inflamed joints and muscles. Not only can it be consumed but it can be directly rubbed on the skin in places you experience pain. 
  • Cardiovascular and Heart Health + Lowers Blood Pressure | Garlic contains a natural chemical called allicin that work with the compounds released when you consume fresh garlic. Eating garlic also ignites red blood cells that help protect cell damage and regulates cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. It can also help aide in reducing plaque buildup in the arteries.
  • Hair and Skin | Garlic has high levels of antioxidants and antibacterial properties that can help improve skin by killing acne causing bacteria and protecting you from the aging effects of free radicals. It is also tied to thicker, longer hair.
  • Gut health | Garlic provides fiber, but is also rich in a prebiotic that increases the good bacteria in our gut. This can help keep your gut happy and healthy and aid in overall better digestion.


The Wellness shot at Woodside is the ultimate immunity boost. This tiny but mighty shot is a huge part of our staff’s daily health and wellness routine. We already know the benefits of garlic but let’s learn more about the other ingredients that make this shot so great.


Lemon, Ginger, Oregeno Oil, Garlic Extract and Cayenne. Click on the name of the ingredients below to learn more about the benefits they provide. 
Lemon is a great aid in digestion and for supporting your lymphatic health which aids in overall immunity. It is also a strong source of Vitamin C which promotes immunity and fights infections. It also contains calcium, potassium and folate which help with muscle and nerve function as well as red blood cell formation. It is also one of the best ways to relieve a sore throat.
Ginger, much like garlic, is a superfood with a large range of nutrients and health benefits for your body and brain. Ginger contains gingerol which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Ginger is also a highly effective at combating nausea, menstrual cramps and can even expedite the process in which our body empties the stomach. Most importantly though, it helps your body fight infections through inhibiting the growth of many different types of bacteria.
is an effective and natural antibiotic and antifungal agent that not only supports your immune system but can aid in weight loss, inflammation and your cholesterol levels. Oregano contains the compounds carvacrol, thymol and rosmarinic acid which help stop the growth of bacteria, protect against toxins and damage caused by free radicals while also containing anti-fungal properties.
Cayenne has been used in natural medicine for thousands of years to treat a wide range of issues. It contains high levels of Vitamin A and a variety of antioxidants. Cayenne contains an active ingredient capsaicin which gives it the medicinal properties but also determines how hot the pepper will be. It is believed that this can aid in weight loss, inflammation, general pain and even blood pressure. The spicy kick helps also open your sinuses to promote better breathing.
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