Argan Oil Phoenix AZ

You can purchase argan oil in specialty shops or online; a 250 ml bottle costs $30 to $35. A little goes a long way—in culinary enjoyment, in bolstering a prosperous women’s industry, and in protecting the existence of a valuable endemic tree.

Jodine L. Wamlsey
(480) 419-8267
7500 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Scottsdale, AZ
Business
Body Solutions
Specialties
Acupuncture, Nutrition
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Medical School: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA, 2002
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Acupuncture Association
Languages Spoken: English

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Comprehensive Health Services Inc
(602) 263-8484
3543 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist, Colon Hydrotherapist, Osteopath (DO)

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Love-Life of Arizona
(602) 277-1081
1940 E Medlock Dr
Phoenix, AZ
Industry
Nutritionist, Personal Trainer

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Kids Fundamental Nutrition
(602) 749-0294
9100 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Industry
Nutritionist, Osteopath (DO)

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Intuitive Health Institute
(602) 996-9753
1931 W Sweetwater Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Industry
Nutritionist

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Stacy Maxwell
(602) 265-1774
3201 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ
Company
Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Center
Industry
Life Coach, Nutritionist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Cholesterol, Diabetes, Hypertension, Weight Loss

Therapies : Journaling, Nutritional Counseling, Nutrition Education
Insurance
Alternative Health Insurance Services, Banner Health, Call to Inquire, Lifewise

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R C Nutrition Center
(602) 269-5616
4825 N 35th Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Industry
Nutritionist, Personal Trainer

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William E Zachow, DO
(602) 973-3100
1526 W Glendale Ave Ste 109
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Family Practice, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1986

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Joyful Health
(602) 943-2822
402 E Las Palmaritas Dr
Phoenix, AZ
Industry
Nutritionist, Personal Trainer

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Patrick Stephen Pasulka, MD
(602) 251-8345
11225 N 28th Dr
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1980

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Argan Oil

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By Jennie Lay

Just inland from southwest Morocco’s long, sandy Atlantic coast near Essaouira, the arid landscape turns rocky and red with a sparse forest of gnarled and thorny argan trees. In this native Berber region, gravity-defying goats clamber among branches to forage for fruit and leaves. Local women gather the green, olive-like fruit of the argan tree for the nuts, which they laboriously crack open so they can roast and grind the lipid-rich kernels to produce some of the world’s most prized and rare oil.

Argan trees grow nowhere else—a fact that prompted UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) to declare about 6.4 million acres of this rural stretch an international biosphere reserve. And The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity has established an argan oil presidium to help guarantee the future production of this traditional artisan food. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil is used in cooking, traditional medicine, and cosmetics.

Zoubida Charrouf, PhD, a chemistry professor at Mohamed V University in Rabat, is Morocco’s champion of the argan tree and of the emancipating women’s co-ops that have grown out of argan oil production. She found that argan oil is twice as rich as olive oil in the antioxidant vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and is less sensitive to oxidation than olive oil, which means it has a longer shelf life. Other studies have shown that consumption of argan oil—with its unique profile of fatty acids, tocopherols, squalene, sterols, and phenolic compounds—enhances cancer prevention and that eating virgin argan oil lowers LDL cholesterol and helps reduce cardiovascular risk.

Roadside, the women’s co-ops proudly display rows of bottles containing hand-harvested argan oil alongside argan beauty products scented with the likes of neroli or lemon verbena. The nutrient-rich argan oil has anti-aging effects and is often used for massage and facials and in aftershave, soaps, and hair conditioning products. Traditionally, Berbers use it topically to cure acne, stretch marks, dry skin, scars, and rheumatic pain.
In the kitchen, Berbers pour a few drops of deep golden argan oil into warm couscous or over a tagine. Another especially tasty way to enjoy its rich and exotic nutty flavor: Drizzle it over a salad of fresh arugula, avocado, and juicy pomegranate seeds. Amlou, a scrumptious mixture of ground almonds, honey, and argan oil, makes a delicious dip for bread.

You can purchase argan oil in specialty shops or online; a 250 ml bottle costs $30 to $35. A little goes a long way—in culinary enjoyment, in bolstering a prosperous women’s industry, and in protecting the existence of a valuable endemic tree.

Jennie Lay is a freelance writer who lives near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She recently traveled to the Moroccan argan oil co-ops to visit with Berber women and learn about their craft.

Author: Jennie Lay

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