If argan oil is an oil and oil is fat, why then is it considered healthy? Well, we all know that not all fats and not all oils are unhealthy!
What is Argan oil?
Argan oil is hugely popular due to its cosmetic and culinary uses. Used for centuries by the Berbers in their everyday life, this miracle oil comes from the nuts of the Argan tree which is found in the southern parts of Morocco.
The argan tree is a relic from the Tertiary age and it has survived and adapted to the harsh environmental conditions of the desert. Because of its many uses, it was considered an endangered species and UNESCO has made initiatives to protect the Argan tree.
What makes Argan oil healthy?
Healing and protection
The oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E and anti-oxidants which are nutrients known to help heal tissue, lighten scars and stretch marks, fight against inflammations, protect against the damaging effects of the sun and provide disinfectant properties. Oleic and linoleic acids are fatty acids that help hydrate, maintain resilience and improve skin elasticity. The oil icontains 8 important fatty acids, among which is omega-6 which the body cannot produce. Omega-6 helps prevent moisture loss in the skin, making it supple and young looking.
Argan oil has a high content of vitamin E making it a rich source of antioxidants that help fight the free radicals that attack the cells and cause premature aging. Vitamin E greatly reduces the appearance of fine lines, stretch marks, and scarring. Argan oil also helps keep the hair look young and healthy.
Improves cholesterol profile
Argan oil contains a rare combination of plant sterols not found in other plant oils. These phytosterols called the schottenol and spinasterol reduce cholesterol levels by blocking the body’s ability to absorb cholesterol. The oil does not clog arteries nor does it increase your risk of heart diseases.
Notable Health Benefits
Argan oil helps to improve digestion by increasing the concentration of pepsin in the gastric juice. The oil also contains flavonoids which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve arthritic or rheumatic conditions and strengthens natural immunity.
How to use Argan oil
Argan oil has many uses in the cosmetic industry. Because of its nutrient profile, the oil has been used widely in caring for the skin and hair. It acts as a great moisturizer that can help manage dry skin and treat brittle hair. Apply Argan oil on your skin before going to bed and after washing and bathing. Massage the oil on your scalp and hair to keep hair healthy and prevent the formation of dandruff.
Culinary argan oil has also become hugely popular. This oil is 80% unsaturated fatty acids making it a healthy option for your dishes. Chefs, around the world have come up with delicious, mouth-watering dishes using this Moroccan oil. The oil has a nutty taste that goes well with salads and complements grilled meat and fish. Drizzle the oil over hot pasta, couscous or rice and your dish is instantly transformed into a tasty meal.