Wellness Weekend: The Ticket to a Healthy Holiday Season

Here in Sonoma County, you know that fall is near when the majestic trees and foliage start to change colors, the days start to get shorter and there is a slight chill in the air. It also means that allergy season is upon us once again (did it ever leave us?) and that the dreaded cold and flu season is just around the corner. This makes it the perfect time for Oliver’s Second Annual Wellness Weekend!

That’s right! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 14-16) is Wellness Weekend here at Oliver’s Market. That means that all Vitamins, Herbal Supplements and Natural Body Care are a minimum of 25% off full price…that’s a great savings! So, come on down to your neighborhood Oliver’s Market and sample new products, win free prizes and stock up on Vitamins and Supplements. As always, our very knowledgeable Wellness Department staff is here to help you with any questions you may have.

With so many items on sale, we asked our Wellness Department staff to pick out four items that they felt were key to keeping you cold and flu-free this season. These are the four they selected:

1. Gaia Elderberry Syrup, 3 oz. package, $12.99

Elder berries have been used as a folk remedy (traditional medicine) in North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa for centuries.

The amount of health benefits found in elderberry syrup may be surprising. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, its ability to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, cold, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.

How does elderberry syrup help boost the immune system and fight coughs, colds and the flu? Elderberries are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help the body maintain optimal health.  The high level of antioxidants also helps to maintain a healthy immune system and fight off colds.

2. Oregon’s Wild Harvest Astragalus, 90 count package, $11.49

Astragalus has been used as an immune system booster for thousands of years, with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Astragalus is a plant within the legume family. The plant typically grows from 16 to 36 inches tall and is native to the north and eastern regions of China. Astragalus roots are harvested from 4 year old plants and are the only part of the plant that is used medicinally.

There are 3 components that make Astragalus beneficial for your health: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. Saponins can help lower cholesterol and improve the immune system. Flavonoids have antioxidative qualities and can help prevent immunodeficiency viruses. Polysaccharides have antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

3. Natural Factors Oil of Oregano, 1 oz. bottle, $17.49

Oregano is a member of the mint family; however this isn’t the type of oil you cook with! From the Mediterranean, medicinal grade oregano is distilled to extract the essential oil and preserve its healing compounds. It takes over 1,000 pounds of wild oregano to produce just one pound of oregano oil.

The health benefits of oil of oregano are associated with its properties as an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory substance. What this means is that Oil of Oregano can reduce inflammation and support your immune system, and help relieve respiratory/sinus conditions and seasonal allergies.

4. Quantum Super Lysine+, 90 count bottle, $8.49

Lysine is an amino acid that is found in the proteins of foods such as beans, cheese, yogurt, meat, milk and other animal proteins. Lysine is an essential amino acid in human nutrition because the body cannot produce it, meaning it must be taken as a part of your diet or by supplement.

Lysine has been shown to help treat cold sores, as well as supporting overall immune function. This product contains L-Lysine plus five other immune boosting nutrients: Vitamin C, Echinacea, Licorice, Propolis and Odorless Garlic.

Remember, these are only four products out of hundreds that are on sale during our Wellness Weekend event. Stop by, stock up and face the cold and flu season with confidence!

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