There are many unsaturated fatty acids that can provide health benefits. However, those in argan oil hold potential for improving health in many ways. Read below to learn more about this unique oil and how it can enhance your health today.
What is argan oil?
Also known as Argania spinosa, argan oil is a compound made of 80-percent mono-unsaturated fatty acids as well as sterols and antioxidant compounds like carotenoids (1,2). Virgin argan oil is harvested from the fruit of the argan tree and is obtained from a cold-pressing method (3). The fruit from which the oil is harvested is naturally found in Morocco.
This type of oil contains compounds like linoleic and oleic acids, antioxidant tocopherols (vitamin E), vitamin A, and melatonin (3). These properties make this oil a potent agent in fighting inflammation in the body and reducing related chronic disease risk.
Is there research on the benefits of argan oil?
Research shows that argan oil is effective in many ways. One animal study shows that it can reduce blood pressure, lower risk of high blood sugar, as well as improve insulin resistance (1,3). This study shows potential for such benefits in humans upon further research.
A 2018 study review also shows that applying topical argan oil daily can improve skin health. This review reports that such argan oil usage can improve skin elasticity and hydration (2). It does this by restoring barrier function and helping to maintain water-holding capacity.
Argan oil can provide health benefits through oral intake or by applying topically to skin (4). This oil is traditionally used in cooking or spreading on toast. However, it’s also found in many health and beauty products.
How much argan oil should I consume daily?
Studies show that safe and effective doses of argan oil include 25-30 milliliters daily for 3 to 4 weeks (4). This dosage helped improve cholesterol levels and antioxidant activity in healthy subjects.
Side effects and safety of argan oil
Those with allergic hypersensitivity may experience side effects like pneumonitis, or inflammation of the lungs if they use argan oil (4). Also, because of lack of research on side effects in pregnant and breastfeeding women, these women should avoid using argan oil.
Argan oil is a unique mono-unsaturated compound that holds antioxidant potential for improving skin, heart, and metabolic health. However, it’s important to be safe and talk to your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.
1. Lizard, G., Filali-Zegzouti, and Midaoui, A.E. (July 2017) “Benefits of Argan Oil on Human Health- May 4-6 2017, Errachidia, Morocco.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(7): 1383.
2. Lin, T-K., Zhong, L., and Santiago, J.L. (January 2018) “Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils.” 19(1): 70.
3. Midaoui, A.E., et al. (November 2017) “Argan Oil as an Effective Nutri-Therapeutic Agent in Metabolic Syndrome: A Preclinical Study.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(11): 2492.
4. Drugs.com (last updated December 2, 2019) “Argan.” https://www.drugs.com/npp/arga...