Originating from the fruits of the argan tree, argan oil has been widely used in Morocco for centuries. Argan oil has many potential benefits and it’s because of those benefits that we are seeing a massive rise in popularity across the globe. The use of argan oil is widespread but mostly in culinary, cosmetics, and through medicinal use.
In this article, we are going to tell you some of the key health benefits that come from using argan oil.
1. Argan Oil Contains Essential Nutrients
A well-known fact is that argan oil is rich in fatty acids and other phenolic compounds. From all the fatty acids, up to 36% is linoleic acid and omega 6, making it one of the best sources of essential nutrients.
Up to 49% of fatty acids are composed of healthy fat that can also be found in olives. These acids are super essential because they have a positive impact on our hearths health.
Argan oil is also a very powerful antioxidant because of the abundance of Vitamin E, which is very good for healthy skin, hair, and eyes.
2. Argan Oil Has Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Adding up nicely to the previous point, organic argan oil is widely used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This is due to the abundance of the various phenolic compounds that can be found in argan oil.
The antioxidant properties are used to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals, which they come in the form of Vitamin E or tocopherol. Another great source of antioxidant found in organic argan oil is melatonin and plant sterols.
Multiple studies have found that argan oil can significantly reduce inflammation to our skin caused by injuries or infections by simply applying it to those areas.
3. Argan Oil has The Potential to Improve Heart Health
Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega- 9 fat that can be found in abundance in argan oil, as well as, avocado and olive oils.
Olive oil is great for our hearth in a way that It decreases the change of heart diseases. Studies have found that argan oil has the same potential benefits as olive oils due to its high antioxidants.
4. Might be Beneficial against Diabetes
Various harmless experiments in animals have shown signs that argan oil can prevent diabetes.
Studies were conducted on mice and in both studies the mice were fed argan oil. After monitoring the experiment, researchers found that both blood sugar and insulin resistance were reduced after the mice were fed a high sugar diet.
However, we should add that further human research is yet to be conducted to prove it.
5. Might be Beneficial against Cancer
The previous point lacked human researching, however, this one doesn’t. Multiple studies were conducted on prostate cancer cells in order to see how they would react when treated with argan oil. The experimented cancer cells managed to reduce their growth by a whopping 50% when used argan oil on them.
Another study was also conducted on breast and colon cancer cells. The cells in question were treated with a mixture of argan oil and vitamin E which caused the death of those cancer cells. This means that argan oil could be beneficial in treating breast and colon cancer.