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.