Argan oil has been used in Morocco as food and applied to the skin for centuries. Virgin argan oil of edible or beauty grade is composed of 99-percent acylglycerides (primarily triglycerides). Fatty acids that compose acylglycerides are principally oleic and linoleic acid, 43-49 percent and 29-36 percent, respectively. Unsaponifiable matter, which represents the remaining one percent, is composed of carotenes, tocopherols, triterpene alcohols, sterols, and xanthophylls. Argan oil-containing creams are frequently indicated in cosmetology as moisturizing, anti-aging, and repair creams. Epidemiological data have indicated that regular consumption of edible olive oil could have significant protective effects against colorectal, breast, prostate, pancreas, and endometrial cancer. Animal and human experiments suggest hypolipidemic activity. Antidiabetic activity of argan oil has been demonstrated in animals.
How Argan Oil Can Benefit Your Entire Body?
The oil produced by the argan tree is popular with people who have discovered its ability to benefit in ways that reverse the effects of aging. This oil comes from the Argan trees that grow in and around the sub-continent of Southern Africa. Some consumers are skeptical about the various claims but many people are already convinced because they have seen the results firsthand.
Though the internet is full of hype, it appears that Argan oil is the real deal. Here are some of the benefits someone who uses Argan oil can expect to see: This oil works well for those who have dull, frizzy, or dry hair.
Treating the hair with this oil does leave a greasy look or feel but it can be an expensive treatment if you choose to purchase pure oil for this purpose. Using the oil in this manner will not only reduce breakage, but can also make your hair appear shiny, sleek, and soft. The oil is non-greasy and easy to use.
Though using a brand that is 100% Argan oil will cost a little extra, the benefits are worth it. Skin can also benefit from the properties of Argan oil. Putting oil on the skin can keep it moisturized and soft. It is also helpful in reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.
Antithrombotic activity of argan oil: An in vivo experimental study.
Argan oil has been shown to inhibit in vitro and ex vivo platelet aggregation without extending bleeding time. In this report, we examined in vivo the antithrombotic activity of argan oil in an experimental thrombosis model in mice: acute pulmonary thromboembolism and in vitro its effect in a coagulation assay.
Acute pulmonary thromboembolism was induced, after argan oil treatment, by an intravenous injection of a collagen and epinephrine mixture. The paralyzed and dead mice in each group were numbered and the percentage of protection against acute pulmonary thromboembolism was calculated. The histologic study was conducted in lung tissue to estimate the percentage of opened and occluded vessels by platelet thrombi. The coagulation assay was monitored in platelet-poor plasma from normal rats by measuring the clotting parameters (activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time, and thrombin time) in the presence and absence of argan oil.
Argan oil (1 mL/100 g/day), administered orally, showed an antithrombotic activity preventing the paralysis or death (50%) induced by the collagen-epinephrine intravenous injection. This observation was confirmed by the lung histologic examination, in which the density of occluded blood vessels was significantly decreased (62.16 ± 3.95%). However, the argan oil remained inactive for the coagulation parameters of activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time, and thrombin time at variance with heparin, an anticoagulant reference drug. The antithrombotic activity of argan oil seemed unrelated to the anticoagulant activity.
We suggest that argan oil might be an interesting natural dietary source for the nutritional prevention of hemostasis and cardiovascular disorders. Clinical trials would be necessary and relevant to confirm this hypothesis.
After decades of putting petrochemicals, harmful chemical preservatives and surfactants into and onto our bodies, more and more people in our Western culture have developed sensitivities, irritant and allergic reactions, and illnesses due to toxic buildup in our systems. Because of this, in addition to efforts by organizations like the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, even the most stubborn of Americans are seeking safer, more natural products, foods, and supplements.
There are so many wonderful natural ingredients used to care for the body internally and externally all around the world, and our culture has only recently started appreciating their benefits. Some of these ingredients only grow in small, remote areas of certain regions and have been used and enjoyed by indigenous/native people of those regions as a regular part of their skin and body care, as well as medicinal and healthcare regimens since the beginning of their existence. However, thanks to marketing, talk shows, celebrity endorsers, and fair-trade manufacturing efforts these rare ingredients are starting to appear and catch on in the mass market. Like a domino effect or a chain reaction, once one product manufacturer successfully markets and sells a product containing even an angel dusting of the ingredient, multitudes of others jump on the wagon. This happened with antioxidant-rich berries like the goji, and more popularly, the açaí; and it is also now happening with argan oil
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