What is in Argan Oil?
The Nutrient Content of Moroccan Argan Oil
What is in Argan Oil depends on which of the two varieties you are using. Moroccan Argan Oil for skin and Culinary Argan Oil and are both rich in nutrients.
The biological-chemical composition of Moroccan Argan Oil that makes it perfect for skin or for hair and nails, when used externally, and makes culinary Argan Oil such a healthy and tasty oil for eating.
The Most Important Active Ingredients in Argan Oil?
Vitamin E Content
Gamma tocopherol makes up 75% of the tocopherols in Moroccan Oil.
Alpha-Tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol are the two important forms of vitamin E in humanplasma and the primary lipid soluble antioxtdants.
Research shows that gamma-tocopherol could play a significant role in
helping intracellular antioxidant defence mechanisms. Gamma tocopherol can protect against nitrogen-based free radicals, which alpha tocopherol cannot do. Nitrogen free radicals can
Researchers found that large doses of alphatocopherol depleted plasma levels of gamma tocopherol, while the presence of gamma-tocopherol promoted the accumulation of alpha-tocopherol. Aging is associated with a decline in plasma levels of gamma tocopherol, but not of alpha tocopherol.
Omega Fatty Acids Content
More than 80% of Argan oil’s fatty acids are the unsaturated acids oleic (43%) and linoleic (36%). Oleic fatty acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps reduce blood levels of LDLs (“bad cholesterol”). Because Argan Oil is rich in vitamin B, it can be eaten without taking in too much fat.
Linoleic Acid Content
Linoleic is a polyunsaturated fatty acid or essential fatty acid that cannot be synthetized from out body and thus has to be brought from outside. Polyunsaturated fats help lower the level of LDLs and therefore have often been recommended to reduce coronary heart disease.
Compared to many other seasoning oils, this Moroccan Oil contains high contents of squalene (31Omg/lOOg), which is thought to be protective against skin cancer.
It is believed that the sterols in Argan oil are relatively rare in their combination compared with all other vegetable oils, there are no other vegetable oils with a comparable composition:
The schottenol content (48%), exhibits an anticarcinogenic potential and spinasterol (40%) that is likely to have anti-tumongenic and anti-cholesterol effects.
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