Chronicle of Mood No. 18 by Dr. JF. Bezot

Now... Let's take a walk from the High Atlas to the Atlantic shores in this wonderful Cherifian country, the Kingdom of Morocco, to explore its Pharmacopoeia... at least some of its most interesting elements in Anti-Aging medicine.

1) The carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua

The carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Ceratonia from the Greek small horn and siliqua from the Latin pod its fruit in the shape of a small horn.
From the Arabic el Kharroub. Majestic Mediterranean fruit tree in the High and Middle Atlas, Azilal, Béni Mellal, Taza, the red city of Khenifra
Carobs appear one year after flowering.
-Carob powder is used for its hypocholesterolemic, hypoglycemic, and antidiarrheal properties due to its high fiber content.
It is beneficial for weight loss by inhibiting certain digestive enzymes thanks to its high tannin content, and by offering a feeling of satiety on the other hand. Thanks to their high content of antioxidant polyphenols, vitamin A, "respiratory" vitamin B2, vitamin E, and iron, carob seeds actively participate in the body's defense. Drinking a plant milk with carob flour makes sense.
-A little history in passing. The size and weight of the seeds being very regular, they have served as a unit of measurement since Roman antiquity.
Let us remember the ancient maritime term: the Quirat. Merchant ships were divided into 24 Quirats, 24 shares of common ownership.
They are at the origin of the unit of measurement in the trade of gold and gemstones, the carat, to express purity. 24 carats: the purest gold!

2) The argan tree, Argana spinosa

The argan tree, Argania spinosa - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Centenary trees produce this incomparable oil, argan oil, the precious gold of Morocco.
Between Essaouira and Agadir.
Extracted from a shell contained in the fruit of the argan tree. It is the Berber almond.
It has vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants (vitamin E and carotenoids) which bring important benefits to the skin.
This includes maintaining its elasticity and preventing premature aging.
Thanks to its nourishing properties, the skin is more toned, plumped, and appears younger and radiant.
Ninon de Lenclos, our 17th-century epistoler and courtesan, would have loved it.
"If I had been present on the day of Creation, I would have asked my Creator to put wrinkles under the heel."
It protects the cardiovascular system and its anti-inflammatory effect soothes joint pain.

3) Rosemary, Salvia rosmarinus

Rosemary, Salvia rosmarinus - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Oujda, Taza, Boulman, Khenifra
-Cholagogic and hepatoprotective, rosemary activates digestive functions, especially the work of the gallbladder.
-Antimycotic and antibacterial Plant deodorant. In the absence of wooden shapes for shoes, putting rosemary branches to inhibit the development of microorganisms following maceration of the plantar vault is effective.
-Combat fatigue
-Antioxidant (rich in vitamin C) Beneficial for hyaluronic acid and collagen.
-Anticoagulant activities that can reduce the risk of clot formation in blood vessels.
Before dosing D-dimers ... post-Covid rosemary teas are beneficial

4) Thyme, Thymus Marrakech, Agadir, Azilal

Thyme, Thymus Marrakech - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Expectorant and spasmolytic plant.
Powerful antibacterial, fungicidal, and antiviral.
Its antibacterial and antispasmodic action restores intestinal flora and helps the liver and gallbladder function properly.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The microbiota loves it. We are an ecosystem. Let's take care of our probiotic bacteria.

5) Moroccan blue chamomile

Blue Chamomile from Morocco - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Annual tansy
We are in the Northwest of Morocco.
Moroccan blue chamomile essential oil has many properties
-Anti-inflammatory thanks to its composition in sesquiterpene
Soothing for sensitive skin (dermatoses, sunburn)
-Venous tonic
-Sedative, calming: it has a relaxing effect on the nervous system which will decrease anxiety states and promote sleep.

6) Moroccan cactus

The cactus of Morocco - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Barbary fig seed oil
Impressive source of Magnesium
Rich in fiber
Regulates blood sugar and increases insulin levels
Beneficial for metabolic syndrome
Full of vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

7) Berberine, "natural ozempic"

Berberine, "the natural ozempic" - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Berberis vulgaris (barberry) whose hollow petals are shell-shaped (Berberis in Arabic)
Will strengthen Metformin if the patient has metabolic syndrome, hypogammaglobulinemia, and microalbuminuria.

8) Saffron, Crocus sativus

Saffron, Crocus sativus - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

Region of Taliouine between Ouarzazate and Agadir 100 km from the Golden Gazelle ... Taroudant.
Powerful antioxidant
Powerful anti-inflammatory
Reduces symptoms of depression and stress
Promotes digestion and cleanses the liver
Good for diabetes and lowering triglycerides
Corrects vision
Improves memory in people with degenerative diseases.
It is the spice of health.
Note: One can be intolerant to saffron.
I will not forget to mention oriental spices: coriander, ginger, cumin, paprika, turmeric, the best antioxidant as it is active on both oxidative and nitrosative stress, black seed, garlic, clove. The famous Ras el Hanout.

9) The Moroccan coasts are the cradles of a natural treasure it is the red gold (Region of the city of El Jadida)

Red algae is rich in proteins and minerals, they provide almost all the essential amino acids to the body, making them an ideal health cocktail to balance your diet and fill your deficiencies.
Red algae - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

10) An anti-aging recipe .... For me the man of the Desert and deserts.

Start your day in the middle of the desert with a cup of coffee and a date.
Its caffeine will wake you up, its fibers transformed into butyrates will wake up your microbiota.
We are not one, but two to sleep. The microbiota, too, must wake up.
The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera), the most precious plant of the Sahara. People who cultivate its fruits are called date palm growers.
The date palm - © Dr Jean-Francois Bézot

In traditional medicine, the fruits and seeds of the Desert Date Palm are fabulous: antiviral, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, digestive, cardioprotective ... Rich in W3, W6, antioxidants, trace elements, and vitamins.

I have a thought for the French Armed Forces Health Service to whom I owe a lot and to the PASTEUR

Institute for the discovery in 1921 of the cause of Baioudh, the most serious contagious disease of the date palm, a lower soil origin fungus, Fusarium oxysporum, isolated in culture.
Bayoud, vascular fusariosis, derived from Arabic (a) byed ("white"), in reference to the whitish discoloration of the palm leaves affected by the fungal disease.
Reported for the first time in 1870 in the Draa Valley in Morocco.
For the record, they also found the cause of debah, the most serious and widespread disease of the most precious animal in the Sahara, the dromedary: a trypanosome - the insect that transmits it: the gadfly.
Medjool dates from the Southeast of Morocco.
-Energetic contributions through its sugars ... fatigue fades away
-Regulation of intestinal transit by its fibers
-An important supply of iron to fight against anemia, copper, zinc to strengthen our immune system
-Antioxidants to fight against cell aging (vitamin E and carotenoids)
-Minerals: Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, and Potassium
This last element can help lower blood pressure and thus fight against cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, or strokes.
-Plenty of vitamins, these fruits contain B6, a vitamin that contributes to the production of serotonin (the brake) and adrenaline (the accelerator) in our body.
Action on a balanced daily mood. A good mood!
Thanks to their tryptophan, a source of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Three dates before bedtime should therefore help you have a better quality night's sleep ... also thanks to the relaxing minerals present.
-Still vitamin B6 but to improve our cognitive performance and vitamin A for better vision and faster healing.


Chronicle by Dr. JF. Bezot
Avril 2024
By Luxe Magazine