Argan Oil (Argania spinosa) is under the Ingredient Spotlight. There is good reason this natural oil, sometimes called "liquid gold", has become massively popular over the last 30 years. Argan Oil's benefits for skin and hair are well established (so much so that we have been using our own medical grade, organically-sourced Argan Oil for years on our medical patients). The benefits, however, go beyond the skin and hair. Here we present some lesser known facts of Argan Oil.
1. Argan Oil is amazingly nutrition-packed. Loaded with a remarkable nutrient profile, Argan Oil contains:
- Phenolic compounds such as vanillic, syringic and ferulic acids and tyrosol
- Fatty Acids including oleic acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid
- Sterols including schottenol and spinasterol
- Tocopherols (E vitamins)
- Vitamin A, B vitamins, and vitamin C
2. Argan Oil makes up part of a healthy Moroccan Diet. Argan oil has been used in the Moroccan diet (among other places) both for its nutty flavor and health benefits. Scientifically established properties (to name a few):
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Improves the Glycemic Profile
- May possibly prevent Diabetes and be Cardio-Protective (very limited research)
- May improve Blood Pressure (research limited to rats)
|Argan fruit on the tree|
3. Significant clinical research on Argan Oil is lacking. So you may hear claims that Argan Oil can fight cancer, treat dermatitis, fade scars, but please take that with a grain of salt. Current research is actual lacking to a very significant degree. One reason: it's hard to profit off Argan Oil as it can't be patented. This takes away motivation from any industry to use it for research trials.
4. Argan Oil may boost Testosterone levels. Maybe this will get men to start adding Argan Oil to their diet. Research studies done on adult males have shown a significant increase in testosterone when Argan Oil was used in their diets for 3 weeks. Testosterone levels were increased nearly 20% after the three weeks. It should be noted that similar results were also found with a similar trial with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
|Local Moroccan woman working at a cooperative|
5. Argan Oil production has uplifted many women and children in Morocco. The growth of women cooperatives has helped to progress the lives of women in the region. The work has allowed local women to earn an income, become self-reliant, and even send their children to school. The Argan Oil industry is helping to change the traditional roles and views of women within a society that desperately needs this social change.