Traditionally, argan oil was used extensively in Morocco to treat various ailments, such as dry skin, acne, wrinkles, and joint pain. Toasted, it is also a common ingredient in cooking, with health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol to easing arthritis. As western countries cottoned on to this apparently magical resource, demand has shot up, with argan oil appearing in everything from shampoo bars to instant eye-tightening serum.
The argan tree is grown almost exclusively in the barren lands of south-western Morocco. A natural barrier against the advance of the desert, it prevents soil erosion and protects water resources.
The tree is so beneficial to the environment that Morocco’s argan forest was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1998. Still, the forest has been threatened with deforestation, as local people chopped down the trees for building materials and firewood. This has diminished in recent years as locals became involved in the production of argan oil.
Argan is the miracle oil that you need for your skin, here’s why
1.Contains Essential Nutrients:
Argan oil is primarily comprised of fatty acids and a different of phenolic compounds and the majority of the fat content of argan oil comes from oleic and linoleic acid. In addition, around 29–36% of the fatty acid content of argan oil comes from linoleic acid, or omega-6, making it a good source of this essential nutrient.
Oleic acid, though not essential, makes up 43–49% of the fatty acid composition of argan oil and is also a very healthy fat. Found in olive oil as well, oleic acid is renowned for its positive impact on heart health.
Finally, argan oil is a rich source of vitamin E, which is required for healthy skin, hair, and eyes. This vitamin also has powerful antioxidant properties and essential corposant for cosmetic products.
2. Has Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, or tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin that serves as a potent antioxidant to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals.
A recent study revealed a significant reduction in inflammatory markers in mice fed argan oil prior to exposure to a highly inflammatory liver toxin, compared to the control group.
Additionally, some research indicates that argan oil can also be applied directly to your skin to reduce inflammation caused by injuries or infections.
3. Argan takes care of your heart health:
Argan oil is a rich source of oleic acid, which is monounsaturated, an omega-9 fat. One small human study noted that argan oil was comparable to olive oil in its capacity to reduce heart disease risk through its impact on antioxidant levels in the blood. In consequence, consuming argan oil may reduce the percentage risk of being affected by heart disease.
4. Contains Anticancer Effects:
Argan, the miracle oil may slow the growth and reproduction of certain cancer cells, some test-tube studies revealed potential cancer-fighting effects of it. One of these studies applied polyphenolic compounds from argan oil to prostate cancer cells. The extract inhibited cancer cell growth by 50% compared to the control group.
5. May reduce signs of Skin Aging:
Argan oil has quickly become a popular ingredient for many skincare products and different companies around the world are competing to make their products based on argan oil.
Some research suggests that dietary intake of argan oil may help slow the aging process by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It may also support the repair and maintenance of healthy skin when applied directly to your skin, thus reducing visual signs of aging.
Argan oil has been used for centuries in Morrocco especially the Amazigh women for a variety of culinary, cosmetic and medicinal purposes.