Argan Oil – A scientific approach

Folk practitioners and natural healers have used Aragn Oil for centuries. However, since past few decades, the herb has drawn attention of scientists’ from all across the world. This is because it has powerful healing properties for hair, skin and nails especially in females. Many researchers have been done on the herb to evaluate its medicinal properties and to confirm its harmless effects on the human body.

What makes Argan Oil so effective without causing any side effects?

Argan is one of the most powerful herbs that have natural medicinal properties without adding any addictive. In its purest form, Argan is gifted by the Mother Nature with effects of skin and hair healing in humans. The herb is tested and found to have potential amount of tocopherols, antioxidants and some important fatty acids. In addition, it possesses good amounts of squalene, sterols, polyphenols and triterpene alcohol. These all ingredients play essential role in keeping the human body young and beautiful. The hair and skin get freshness, radiance and youthfulness.

The herb of Argan contains properties of natural anti-aging, healing and moisturizing and thus has been used in several ways to treat, beautify and heal human skin and hair.

The main ingredients of Argan:

Tocopherols (Vitamin E)

Argan oil is found to have 200% more Vitamin E (tocopherols) as compared to that quantity of olive oil. This having said, it can act better as antioxidant and free radical scavenger. The herb is also found to protect the fibroblast of the dermal layer (the cells that build collagens, elastin and the glycoproteins). Regular usage of Argan is found to improve the skin’s water-binding and retention capacity. It also increases the hydration of the dermal layer.

Natural organic Argan oil contains approximately 771 mg of vitamin E per kg of oil and it is more than double of what is found in olive oil (Source: Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2011; 113: 403-408).  Vitamin E is considered as one of the most important ingredients used in most of the cosmetic products for hair and skin.

Essential Fatty Acids

The chief ingredients found in Argan oil are Omega 9 (Oleic acid) and Omega 6 (Linoleic acid). Along with these there are many fatty acids found in abandon quantity. For the human body, fatty acids are very important for the cellular membrane that is responsible for keeping skin elasticity and firmer. Scientists also believe that it helps in retaining the moisture in the skin and possess natural anti-inflammatory and healing agents.

A Breakdown of the Fatty Acids In Argan Oil (Source: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology 2010; 62: 1669-1975).

Oleic Acid           43-49.1%

Linoleic Acid      29.3-36%

Stearic Acid        4.3-7.2%

Palmitic Acid     11.5-15%

Antioxidants

Antioxidants is found in most of the cosmetic (skin) products. Antioxidant agent when applied onto the skin this way is said to protect skin from harmful chemicals and pollutants present in the environment.   Preventing damage from the intense sunrays, antioxidants present in Argan oil help rejuvenate and revitalize skin cells keeping them youthful and energetic.

Argan oil is found to have good amounts of tocopherols (Vitamin E) along with copper in natural form. These all, in turn, support collagen production and keep the skin radiant.

Squalene

Our skin naturally produces a polyunsaturated hydrocarbon liquid. This is known as squalene and functions quite similar to that of Vitamin E in our body. It has natural antioxidant properties and preserves the skin from being damaged by free radical. The free radicals are responsible for the breakdown of natural collagen and elastin of the skin.

While natural benefits of skin rejuvenation of squalene are known, it also possesses natural antibacterial properties. Due to these properties, it is one of the preferred choices to heal skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema. Regular use of squalene ensures water retention and prevents the skin from getting dehydrated.

Sterols

Sterol is another ingredient found in Argan oil that again helps retaining much-required moisture on the skin. Cholesterol is an essential element for epidermal layer to provide an overall skin health. Sterols found in the herb mimic the effects of natural cholesterol in the body. It’s one of the ingredients that help preventing wrinkles and retain skin’s elasticity.

Argan oil is also said to contain D-7 stigmasterol, a rarest rare element proved to cure and heal skin ailments such as eczema.

Triterpene Alcohols

Argan oil is tested in laboratories and found that it contains a series of triterpene alcohols. These agents are known for their natural anti-inflammatory action.  Initially, studies revealed that this action happens only if the herb is ingested but studies that are more recent now reveal that they show anti-inflammatory action even when used as a topical lotion.

This could be the reason why Argan oil is said be quite effective for healing several skin ailments such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

More Scientific Researches on Argan Oil based on Journal Articles-

Over the last couple of decades, Argan oil has drawn a lot of attention from the veterans of healthcare field. Experts from dermaceutical and cosmetic industries have supported the verdict and believe that Argan oil helps in rejuvenating skin and hair.

Some of the important studies are mentioned here –

Therapeutic potential of argan oil: a review

Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology 2010; 62: 1669-1675

Argan oil and other argan products: Use in dermocosmetology

European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology 2011; 113: 403-408

Ethnoeconomical, Ethnomedical, and Phytochemical Study of Argania spinosa (L.): A Review

ELSEVIER – Journal of Ethnopharmacology 1998; November: 1-9

Consumption of argan oil (Morocco) with its unique profile of fatty acids, tocopherols, squalene, sterols and phenolic compounds should confer valuable cancer chemopreventive effects.

European Journal of Cancer Prevention 2003 Feb;12(1):67-75.

Argan oil: Which benefits on cardiovascular diseases?

Pharmacological Research; Volume 54, Issue 1, July 2006, Pages 1-5