Argan Oil for Diabetes
Research into the Effects of Culinary Argan Oil on Insulin Sensitivity, Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia
Argan Oil has been used in Moroccan folk medicine for treating many diseases such as diabetes.
Research was undertaken to investigate if it is has a potential anti-diabetic action.
These studies looked into Argan Oil’s effects in counteracting unhealthy high fat, high sugar diets, obesity, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia and also its effects on insulin producing cells in the body.
Disclaimer: Please note that we are not qualified to offer medical opinion and are not presenting culinary Argan Oil as a treatment or cure for diabetes. On this page we present some information and links to studies into the effects culinary Argan Oil that may be of interest to people with diabetes.
Argan Oil, Diabetes and Obesity
Diabetes is now a worldwide epidemic. The USA in particular has seen an explosion in the number of diabetics. In 2010 25.8 million Americans, over 8% of the population, had diabetes. By 2012 this had increased to 29.1 million people, over 9% of the population.
Sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating and obesity are creating unhealthy blood sugar levels that are responsible for the epidemic of diabetes. Some research also points to vaccinations early in life as a cause. What we eat clearly has a direct effect on the probability of becoming a diabetic.
We know from studies that culinary Argan Oil, and nut oils, can have a significant effect on body mass index and weight gain. It may be this effect to counteract high fat and high in sugar diets that manage insulin resistance. One study found that Argan Oil restored fasting glycemia levels and that Argan oil consumption improved insulin response for those on a high fat, high sugar diet. 
Argan Oil and Insulin Sensitivity in Cells
The Argan Oil – diabetes connection and the effect of the nutrients in Argan Oil on specific cells connected to insulin production was the subject of another study. Previous research had already demonstrated a hypoglycaemic effect within one month in test rats that were given 100 mg kg-1 per day. 
In Morocco, culinary Argan Oil is eaten in its pure form and patients consume a powerful range of nutrients, including squalene, triterpinoids, schottenol, spinasterol, anti oxidants, omega acids and more, and it is likely that it is the interaction between these nutrients that gives the reported effects.
A typical dose given as a nutritional supplement is around 1 tablespoon / 10ml to 15ml per day.
By isolating fractions of interest and testing for specific responses researchers were able to confirm the link between bioactive components in pure Argan Oil and the medical problems in question.
A second study worked with extracts prepared from Argan nuts, Argan press cake and Argan Oil and measured their bio-activity when applied to living cells. These cells were treated with various Argan nut extracts for 6 or 21 h and their responsiveness to insulin was then tested.
The study concluded “…. an insulin-sensitising activity present in saponin-rich presscake fractions that lends support to the traditional use of argan almonds against diabetes…. studies confirm in part the anti-diabetic and cancer chemo-preventive potential of Argania spinosa seeds.”
Other Natural Approaches to Lowering & Controlling Blood Glucose Levels
Vitamin D and Type 1 Diabetes
A child is 400 times more likely to develop type 1 diabetes if it lives in Finland vs Venezuela. A 30-year study of over 10,000 Finnish children showed that those that were given vitamin D supplements during infancy had a nearly 90 percent lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes than those who did not.  This and other European studies suggest that vitamin D helps protect against type 1 diabetes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Added to foods and taken with meals.
A study was made by the American Diabetes Association into vinegar which can significantly improve postprandial insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant subjects.
Acetic acid raises glucose-6-phosphate concentrations and suppresses disaccharidase activity in skeletal muscle.
These are similar effects to anti-diabetic drugs such as acarbose or metformin. 
A meta-analysis of 8 trials was done to test the effectiveness of cinnamon for lowering Fasting Blood Glucose Levels (FBG). The analysis reviewed studies using whole cinnamon or cinnamon extract.
The analysis showed a statistically significant lowering in FBG (-0.49±0.2 mmol/L; n=8, P=.025) in people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
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Research and References
 Bellahcen S, Mekhfi H, Ziyyat A, et al. Prevention of chemically induced diabetes mellitus in experimental animals by virgin argan oil. Phytother Res. 2012;26(2):180–185.
 Acute and chronic toxicity of saponins from Argania spinosa].Alaoui K, Belabbes M, Cherrah Y, Hassar M, Charrouf Z, Amarouch H, Roquebert J Ann Pharm Fr.
 Fish oil and argan oil intake differently modulate insulin resistance and glucose intolerance in a rat model of dietary-induced obesity Samira Samane, Raymond Christon, Luce Dombrowski, Stéphane Turcotte, Zoubida Charrouf, Charles Lavigne, Emile Levy, Hélène Bachelard, Hamid Amarouch, André Maretteemail, Pierre Selim Haddad http://www.metabolismjournal.com/article/S0026-0495(09)00072-9/fulltext
 Argan Nut Oil for Weight Loss? Increased Tree Nut Consumption Aids Weight Loss and B.M.I Reduction The Benefits of Argan Tree Nuts http://arganoildirect.com/the-nut-for-healt
 Hypponen E, Laara E, Reunanen A, Jarvelin MR, Virtanen SM. Intake of vitamin D and risk of type 1 diabetes: a birth-cohort study. Lancet. 2001; 358:1500-3.
 Zipitis CS, Akobeng AK. Vitamin D supplementation in early childhood and risk of type 1 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Dis Child. 2008; 93:512-7.