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benefits of using argan oil for Cardiovascular Disease, Angina, Heart Disease MI and Strokes Prevention Argan Oil & Foods to Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Research shows Culinary Argan Oil and certain foods are effective at lowering the risk of heart disease and reversing the effects of cardiovascular heart disease. In Morocco Culinary Argan Oil is well known for lowering unhealthy cholesterol levels a major contributor to CHD deaths.

Foods can also affect damage to the coronary artery walls that predispose to forming thrombi in atherosclerosis. Symptoms and the severity of acute coronary syndromes such as unstable angina and MI vary depending on the degree of thrombi formation.

This article discusses data from many studies that confirm that natural supplements are of great value in treating the causes and reversing the symptoms of a range of heart related problems.

If you know anyone over 40, overweight or who smokes then click here to share this article and the simple changes you can make to your diet that may help prevent death through heart related disease.


11 Foods and Supplements that Protect the Heart.

heart disease and foods
#1 Pomegranate

A three year trial found that drinking Pomegranate juice daily will reverse the carotid artery blockage by up to 29% within 1 year. The effects that are thought to be responsible include lowering blood pressure, fighting infection, preventing cholesterol oxidation and reducing inflammations. [7]


heart disease and berries

#2 Berries & Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins are found in many foods. Blueberries, blackcurrants, blood oranges, aubergines and raspberries are amongst the richest source.

Studies in the USA and the British National Health Service reviewed data from women aged 25 to 42 with reference to cardiovascular events. [9] Female participants in studies experienced 405 heart attacks. However, in the UK study of over 90 000 women it was found those that ate 3 portions or more of berry fruit a week saw a 32% less chance of myocardial infarction -( heart attack). The report adds further needs to be done to investigate Anthocyanins and heart disease in women.[10]

argan oil#3 Culinary Argan Oil
A study of 60 participants were split between one group, who were given Argan Oil and the other who received Virgin Olive Oil. After three weeks it was found that good HDL cholesterol levels had increased significantly in participants of the Argan Oil group.[3]

In other words, culinary Argan Oil reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL,). [3]

The phenolic nutrients within Argan Oil prevent low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) oxidation and enhances high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels. [1] [2]

Furthermore levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream were reduced significantly. This is important because high level of triglycerides have been linked to cardiovascular problems such as atherosclerosis, the risk of heart disease and stroke.[4]

The impact of Argan Oil consumption to block the abnormal fatty deposit which develops within the walls of arteries has also been examined. Researchers monitored a group of subjects for three weeks while taking a25 ml daily dose of Argan Oil. [4]  An increase in biological activity with beneficial effects on LDL production and an increase of anti oxidant vitamin E concentration was found. It is the rich variety of natural polyphenols, vitamin E and plant sterols found in Argan Oil is thought to be the source of its power to counter the effects of atherosclerosis. [4]

In another study of 96 subjects, 62 consumed - 15 ml of Argan Oil per day. Significantly lower LDL cholesterol and lower apo-B (Apolipoprotein Blevels) were observed in Argan Oil consumers compared to non-consumers. The concentrations of Lipoprotein(a) were also lower in the Argan Oil group. [5]

Argan Oil inhibits platelet aggregation by acting on the attachment therefore minimizing the risk of thrombosis in cardiovascular disease.

Altogether, these results suggest a beneficial impact of Argan Oil consumption to prevent coronary artery disease even though the precise metabolic pathways are not yet fully understood.[6]


CHD and omega 3 fatty acids#4 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There is a much research which suggests that the risk of sudden cardiac death is reduced when taking in higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The fatty acids found in fish are particularly associated with a reduced risk of sudden death among men who have never shown signs of cardiovascular disease.

Essential fatty acids derived from plants was found to be twice as effective as those derived from fish oils. A Study of 250 000 people confirmed that supplements of Alpha-linolenic acid omega-3 fatty acids lead to a 14% to 20% reduction of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.



heart disease and foods#5 Vitamin D

Being in the lowest 25% percent of vitamin D levels in your body is associated with a 26% increased death rate from all causes. Research published in 2009 confirmed that the effects of lower vitamin D levels are even more pronounced with cardiovascular death.



magnesium heart disease in foods#6 Magnesium

Magnesium’s role in protecting against heart disease is very important. It is well-known that even the accelerated aging of the heart muscle is due to magnesium deficiency.

The Journal of Biomedical Sciences reported that cardiovascular risks are significantly lower in individuals who have  higher levels of magnesium. Kale and other foods are far better a source than magnesium supplements.



arganine heart disease and foods

#7 Arginine

This amino acid prevents the progression of atherosclerosis and also reverses symptoms associated with the disease. There is an increase in the production of nitric oxide which is normally low in blood vessels where the inner lining has been damaged (endothelium). [8]



garlic for heart arteriosclerosis and foods#8 Garlic

Garlic has been found to reduce a multitude of risk factors associated with arteriosclerosis, the thickening and hardening of the arteries and also heart attack and stroke. Like Argan Oil the research demonstrates that it inhibits arteriosclerotic plaque formation.



vitamin b foods for artery protection#9 B-Complex

Confirmed in human studies this vitamin not only reduces the progression of plaque build up in the arteries but actually reverses it.

A study found that high dose B-complex vitamin supplements significantly reduce the progression of early-stage atherosclerosis in otherwise healthy individuals. B-vitamins reduce the production of homocysteine, an artery and otherwise blood vessel scarring amino acid. [14]



oatmeal for healthy heart#10 Fibre

Fibre, found in many foods such as Oatmeal, is naturally high in soluble fibre. During digestion this fibre can act like a sponge in the digestive tract to extract cholesterol before it is absorbed into the bloodstream.



oatmeal for healthy heart#11 Lycopene and Carotenoids
Tomatoes are high in potassium which helps reduce blood pressure.
It is also a good source of the lycopene a carotenoid that keeps blood vessels open, and lower heart attack risk.



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Research & References
[1] Berrougui H, Ettaib A, Herrera Gonzalez MD, et al.
Hypolipidemic and hypocholesterolemic effect of argan oil (Argania spinosa L.) in Meriones shawi rats.
J Ethnopharmacol 2003;89:15-18 

[2] Berrougui H, Cloutier M, Isabel M, Khalil A.
Phenolic-extract from argan oil (Argania spinosa L.) inhibits human low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and enhances cholesterol efflux from human THP-1 macrophages.
Atherosclerosis 2006;184:389-396.

[3] Derouiche A, Cherki M, Drissi A, et al.
Nutritional intervention study with argan oil in man: effects on lipids and apolipoproteins.
Ann Nutr etab 2005;49:196-201.

[4] Cherki M, Derouiche A, Drissi A, et al.
Consumption of argan oil may have an antiatherogenic effect by improving paraoxonase activities and antioxidant status: intervention study in healthy men.
Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2005;15:352-360.

[5] Drissi A, Girona J, Cherki M, et al.
Evidence of hypolipemiant and antioxidant properties of argan oil
derived from the argan tree (Argania spinosa).
Clin Nutr 2004;23:1159-1166.

[6] Cherki M, Berrougui H, Drissi A, et al.
Argan oil: which benefits on cardiovascular diseases?
Pharmacol Res 2006;54:1-5.

[7] How pomegranate juice & GliSOD® reverse carotid atherosclerosis better than any commercial drug Pomegranate Juice Reverses atherosclerosis.

[8] Arginine: A New Therapy for Atherosclerosis?
John P. Cooke, MD, PhD; Philip S. Tsao, PhD the Stanford (Calif) School of Medicine. Correspondence to Philip S. Tsao, PhD, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Dr, CVRB, Stanford, CA 94305-5246.




Related Articles

[a] Comparison of intestinal absorption of cholesterol with different plant sterols in man
Journal: European Journal of Clinical Investigation – EUR J CLIN INVEST , vol. 23, no. 12, pp. 827-831, 1993

[b] Should the Amazigh Diet (Regular and Moderate Argan-Oil Consumption) have a Beneficial Impact on Human Health?
Zoubida Charrouf, Dominique Guillaume
Journal: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition – CRIT REV FOOD SCI NUTR , vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 473-477, 2010

[c] Argan (Argania spinosa) oil lowers blood pressure and improves endothelial dysfunction in spontaneously hypertensive rats
Hicham Berrougui, Maria Alvarez de Sotomayor, Concepción Pérez-Guerrero, Abdelkader Ettaib, Mohamed Hmamouchi,Elisa Marhuenda, Maria Dolores Herrera
Journal: British Journal of Nutrition – BRIT J NUTR , vol. 92, no. 06, 2004

[d] The diet and 15-year death rate in the seven countries study
A Keys, A Menotti, Mj Karvonen, C Aravanis, H Blackburn, R Buzina, Bs Djordjevic, As Dontas, F Fidanza, Mh Keys 1986.

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