samedi 15 octobre 2016

The Biochemistry of Argan oil

The Biochemistry of Argan oil


There are many claims made about the potential uses and benefits of Argan oil.
Argan is traditionally used in treating arthritis edible oil is eaten and cosmetic oil used for massage. Argan is also an excellent “hot oil” treatment for hair repair and conditioning. Recent research has also highlighted the possible anti-cancer elects of Argan oil in the Moroccan diet. The research although suggested that Argan oil could help to reduce cholesterol within the body. So what is the biochemistry behind Argan oil that might be responsible for these properties?
The Argan tree oil is rich in saponins; recently they have been proposed protective agents against infective fungi. In addition, they have been linked to anti-cancer activity and many other beneficial effects on the body.
Argan oil is rich in powerful anti-oxidants having twice as much tocopherols vitamin E as olive oil. Beta and Gamma tocopherol are found in roughly equal propotions (16% and 13% respectively); delta tocopheral is a minor component (2%). Plants sterols have many health promoting effects.
Argan oil contains 4 of the major sterols groups, the two major sterols are spirasterol and scholtenol both are reputed to have anti-cancer properties. The total content of sterols in the unsaponifiable fraction of Argan oil is about 20%. Argan oil is rich in linoleic acid, which is active in the maintainance and repair of the membrance that encloses cells. Linoleic acid increases production of prostaglandin 1 and may therefore be beneficial for people with rheumatologic conditions or cardio vascular problems.

Triterpenoids are biologically active substances found in many popular natural supplements and there are a number of triterpenic constituents in a fraction of Argan oil.

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