Reducing Cholesterol Levels with Culinary Argan Oil
The use of Argan Oil for Cholesterol Reduction
Moroccan Argan Oil is one of the richest sources of healthy omega fatty acids and plant sterols that regulate cholesterol. These fatty acids are classified in three groups: saturated, mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Mono unsaturated fatty acids reduce blood levels of LDLs (“bad cholesterol”) without affecting HDLs (“good cholesterol”) as long as they are used as replacement of saturated fatty acids.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce blood levels of LDLs but HDLs too. However they must be part of our diet since they provide the essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid.
Argan Oil is rich in essential fatty acids linoleic acid which increases production of prostaglandins 1 which is beneficial for people with rheumatologic conditions and cardiovascular problems. Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids can be obtained from plant and fish oils. However, recent research review concluded that essential fatty acids from plants was twice as effective as from fish oils.
Culinary Argan Oil also has many natural plant sterols which have also been shown to have Cholesterol reducing effects. Studies of sterols Spinasterol and sitosterol suggest that spinasterol, as well as sitosterol, and Stigmasterol  inhibited cholesterol absorption.
Cholesterol Research into Culinary Argan oil
Culinary Argan nut oil is active in the maintanence and repair of the membrane that encloses the cells. Its high oleic acid content makes culinary Argan oil particularly interesting in the regulation of blood cholesterol. Studies are being done and it seems that 2 tablespoons per day of this oil during a month could considerably lower cholesterol levels. Saponins contained in eating Argan oil can also lower blood cholesterol thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
After 7-week treatment with Argan oil, blood lipoproteins were significantly reduced. Total cholesterol decreased with 36.67% (P<0.01), low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol in 67.70% (P<0.001), triglycerides in 30.67% (P<0.05) and body weight in 12.7% (P<0.05). High density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol concentration remained unaltered.
These results indicate the beneficial effect of edible Argan oil in the treatment of the hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia. This effect will be related with the polyunsaturated fatty acids and other constituents of studied oil.”
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Boosting HDL cholesterol Levels
Phenolic nutrients in edible Argan Oil help regulate cholesterol in a number of ways. By stopping, unwanted, LDL cholesterol oxidation and boosting healthy HDL cholesterol an overall beneficial improvement is obtained.  
In a study a total of 60 subjects were divided into two groups. After 21 days researchers discovered that good HDL cholesterol levels in the blood had gone up significantly in subjects taking an edible Argan Oil supplement. High triglycerides levels in the bloodstream have been linked with cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and stroke.  Research revealed that the levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream were also reduced significantly in the culinary Argan oil test group.
Research was carried out on 96 subjects. One group of 62 participants consumed 15 ml of Argan Oil per day. Much lower LDL cholesterol levels as well as lower apo-B levels were found in tests on the Argan Oil group. Lipoprotein(a) concentrations were also found to be at a reduced level the Argan Oil group.  Culinary Argan Oil consumption appears to inhibit the abnormal fatty deposits which develop within artery walls.
Culinary Argan Oil has a wide range of polyphenols, anti oxidants and plant sterols. A daily intake of 1 to 2 grams of plant sterols lowers LDL cholesterol levels  as well as countering the effects of atherosclerosis. 
Studies into the effects of edible Argan oil and its health benefits in the Moroccan diet have confirmed the potential benefits for cholesterol reduction, weight loss and cardiovascular diseases.
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