Famous for its moisturizing and beneficial properties, argan oil is also highly appreciated for its fragrance. Originally from Morocco in the Souss region, it is used in many beauty products and it is sometimes difficult to find your way around among all the varieties on offer.
Argan oil, also known as liquid gold or Berber treasure, is a potion of beauty and health that is highly prized throughout the world. In addition to its shiny effects on hair and skin, argan oil is also beneficial for the liver, heart, blood and other organs of the body.
This subtle oil with a hazelnut flavour is the oil found in almonds and argan seeds. It is composed of fatty acids and a variety of phenolic compounds that promote good health. It is a rich source of vitamin E with powerful antioxidant properties necessary for healthy hair, skin and eyes. Multiple compounds such as CoQ10, melatonin and plant sterols are also present in argan oil and can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
Used in Morocco, its country of origin, for its many properties (nourishing, moisturizing, soothing…) for the face, body and scalp, argan oil unfortunately knows the repercussions of its success and is the subject of many counterfeits.
Studies have shown that argan oil is not only for beauty. It can also have promising health benefits when taken internally or externally.
1- Improves the appearance of acne & scars
Argan oil can provide a moisturizing and protecting effect on the skin. Application on the skin can combat bacteria that contribute to acne breakouts. It is also rich in omega-6 and omega-9 that reduces redness and swelling.
Argan oil can reduce the signs of premature aging and accelerate the healing of acne scars due to its high fatty acid content.
2- May boost heart health
Argan oil is loaded with oleic acid, a monounsaturated, omega-9 fat which is also present in avocado and olive oils and is often credited with heart-protective effects.
Result of a study showed that daily consumption of 15 grams of argan oil for 1 month can reduce “bad” LDL levels by 16% and triglyceride levels by 20%.
3- Supports liver health
According to studies, consumption of argan oil can help liver genes stay alive, thereby allowing the damaged liver to recover. Plus, it also protects the liver against invasion by harmful toxins and organisms.
4- Reduces risk of mental health problems
Due to its richness in omega-3, argan oil can help improve overall mood and fight off the risk of depression.
5- Great anti-oxidants
Argan oil is loaded with caffeic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant that can reduce the risk of various diseases, reduce inflammation, improve wellness and reduce the possibility of cellular damage that can cause cancer.
6- Improves digestive health
Taking healthy oils can reduce the stress level imposed on the digestive system and improve the bacterial profile of the intestine.
Argan oil contains a variety of oils that can help improve the health of the digestive system. During digestion, fats are necessary for the proper treatment and excretion of food.
7- Promotes normal insulin & blood sugar levels
Insulin resistance occurs when the body doesn’t respond as well to the insulin produced by the pancreas and glucose is less able to enter the cells. As a result of this condition, blood sugar levels increase, which can lead to various health problems.
Argan oil, when taken internally, can help maintain blood sugar levels and balance insulin resistance.