Discover the ancient oil that reverses the damaging effects of modern life

The Good Life Letter 

3rd September 2017

We hear a lot about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and from my annual trip to Portugal I know how healthy the local food is – well until the impact of the travelling British public gets its way and then it is chips with everything!

There can be nothing nicer to eat or better for the body than freshly grilled sardines served with an onion and tomato salad and a drizzle of olive oil.

In the sunshine, the smell of the grilled fish is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxed lunchtime – and that has got to be healthy.

But the food of the region isn’t just about grilled fish and olive oil.

The shores of the Mediterranean span many cultures and diets from the Spanish, French and Italian foods we are used to seeing, to the exotic dishes from Lebanon, Tunisia and Libya.

Subtle lamb and herbs of Greece to rabbit with beans, garlic and coriander in Egypt – the food varies but the key factors are common.

They use local foods in season and blend with legumes, pulses and aromatic herbs to make the most out of their bountiful lands.

Much of these foods have made their way over to the UK, but usually suffering at the hands of the barbarians here who insist on something much more unrefined and deep fried.

So, we see a beautiful kofta kebab in Turkey lovingly served with nutty textured bulgur pilaf and a cold glass of ayran, a healthy yoghurt drink. Here, the same basic meat dish has to be smothered in chilli sauce, surrounded by onions and chips all washed down with a lager or three...

...not really the same is it?

We really should learn more about the food in its natural state before we try to adopt it and inevitably spoil it.

Discover one of the best kept secrets in the Mediterranean diet – now available for you

The oil is where it is at

One common theme amongst all cuisine of the region is the use of fine, high quality and delicious oils.

Drawing from a heritage of olive groves, walnuts and golden almonds the Mediterranean is not short of beautiful oil rich produce, and they know how to use it to get the best from salads, meat and fish.

But there is an older and more interesting oil source from the Med which is often overlooked by food writers and chefs that really does need your attention.

Just over the Straits of Gibraltar from Portugal are the wide expanses of Morocco, a country that we rarely think of when we list the Mediterranean territories, but when it comes to healthy oils this is where you need to start.

The fruit of the Argan tree is quite possibly the most ancient healing oil around – but also one that a 2016 study(1) has shown could be the saviour our modern lives need.

I said that this was an ancient remedy, well the tree that grows this amazing oil is what is known as a relict species.

Some of you may well be drawing a comparison with yours truly at this stage, my dear wife has already commented to that effect!

Back to the tree...it is a species which has bred unaltered since the Tertiary Age, up to 65 million years ago, just as the dinosaurs were waving goodbye! (At this point Lara has decided to leave the room for the good of her own health.)

So I think it is fair to call Argan Oil a time served product.

But like all of us proven old relics it has become a little less well preserved as it ages, where once it covered much of North Africa it is now confined to south western Morocco – and enjoys a protected status by UNESCO.

So nowadays one of the oldest remedial oils is also the rarest and that’s why it is known as Moroccan Gold.
The beauty is that I have managed to find a source of pure gold – Click here to get Pure Virgin Argan Gold

But why is it so important? Let me explain.

Modern life challenges resolved by a prehistoric oil

A team of researchers has recently discovered that by including Argan oil in the daily diet of rats being artificially maintained in a state of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels and high blood sugar levels, their bodies were able to counter the negative effects of the imbalances.

They concluded that Argan oil alone could help reverse the symptoms of our high sugar diets and that has to be worth taking note of.

In fact, the benefits of taking a daily dose of Argan oil don’t just include metabolic balance but also include:

  • Cardiovascular health; the oil is reported to help control cholesterol, lower blood pressure and promote the dilation of blood vessels leading to better circulation

  • Gastro-intestinal health; being rich in linoleic, palmitic and oleic oils as well as a rich source of vitamin E, carotenes and good fatty acids means that it helps with the digestive process – and is even better for you than olive oil

  • Skin, hair & nails; for many years the West were only interested in the way Argan was able to improve the looks of the body, helping smooth skin, strengthen brittle nails and add a lustre to hair

  • Bones, joints, nervous system & boosting the immune system; there really are few of the bodies major functions which aren’t enhanced by this wonderful natural oil


So, it really is time to think again about Argan oil.

I use it as a salad dressing now in preference to any other oils, and also dress risottos, pasta and even drizzle it over fish and kebabs...

...in fact, I use it just how the Moroccans do – to enhance the beauty of natural and seasonal food.

You have to try the very best in extra virgin, pure Argan Oil – you won’t regret it


Yours, as always


Ray

References

(1) El Midaoui, A., Haddad, Y., & Couture, R. (2016). Beneficial effects of argan oil on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and oxidative stress in rat. Nutrition, 32(10), 1132-1137.


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