Full of Vitamin E (tocopherols), oleic and linoleic acids, sterols, polyphenols, squalene, carotenoids, coenzyme Q10, and melatonin, argan oil is a nutrient-dense homebody akin to sunflower or safflower in fatty acid composition.
Why is Argan Oil So Expensive?
Argan oil received the richly-deserved name “liquid gold” for more than it’s color.
One of the most expensive out of any nut or carrier oil, argan oil is grown almost exclusively in Morocco. Extracted from the nuts of the argan tree, the plant requires the warm temperatures and high amounts of sunshine the area receives, contributing to its high price point.
The extraction process for argan oil is also a timely and careful process. The argan nut must be cracked open to expose the oil-producing argan kernels, a labor-intensive process that has not yet been mechanized. Therefore, each nut is carefully cracked and extracted by hand.
Like jojoba oil, the nutty smell of argan is very slight and reminiscent of olive oil.
Argan oil is a great addition to anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy diets. Recent studies show argan may protect the body against cardiovascular diseases and even lower cholesterol when used as a dietary supplement. It may even decrease arthritic pain and prevent atherosclerosis.
Much like hemp seed oil, argan oil is a delicious addition to salads, pastas, and grains like couscous, rice, or farro. With its delicate nutty taste, argan oil is also frequently used as a bread dip in Morocco.
Fatty Acids Present in Argan Oil
Argan Oil is 80% unsaturated essential fatty acids, primarily made up of Oleic (omega-9) and Linoleic (omega-6) acids.
Essential fatty acids protect cellular integrity and affect cell fluidity, helping to prevent loss of moisture from the skin. They play a vital role in the formation of prostaglandin, a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces pain, swelling and inflammation, while stimulating blood circulation. This vital component makes Argan Oils™ ideal for massaging stiff arthritic joints and aching muscles.
They play a vital role in the formation of prostaglandin, a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces pain, swelling and inflammation, while stimulating blood circulation.
Argan oil works to restore the skin’s natural lipid barrier and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Traditionally, argan oil has been used to treat dry skin, acne, wrinkles and joint pain through topical application.
Much like jojoba oil, argan oil is effective for managing acne and oily skin by regulating oil production.