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Argan Oil
Argan Oil

Argan Oil
(Argania spinosa)

Country of origin: Morocco
Method of Extraction: Cold pressed, certified organic produced, unrefined
Grown and certified organic by producer, but our facility is not certified to make the claim once we rebottle, so we say this is grown organically.

Aroma: Nutty, pungent. The aroma is described by some in our office as similar to theater popcorn, a sour dish cloth, box of rubberbands, sharp, slightly bitter.
Plant part: Nut
Shelf Life is about 2+ years with proper storage conditions. Store in a cool place away from light. Refrigeration after opening is suggested for longer shelf life.

Argan oil is a golden yellow liquid and rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and carotenes. Argan oil is used in making soaps, lotions and other body and hair products, as well as for massage and skin care including anti-aging products because it is rich in skin-replenishing components, including flavanoids, oleic acid, linoleic acid and fatty acids. Argan is considered to be one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific growing area.

Argan oil is traditionally used for dry or oily skin, eczema and psoriasis. Argan is noted to bring balance, and thus is helpful for acne and numerous skin conditions. Because it's so high in vitamin E and phytosterols, this oil is also recommended for scars. Argan oil is commonly called "liquid gold" in Europe.

Argan is noted to hydrate even the driest skin by sealing in moisture yet doesn't clog pores. Many use this day and night as a daily moisturizer.

The Argan tree grows solely in the southwestern part of Morocco. The oil is obtained from the nut which looks like a cross between a walnut and an almond.

- Apply directly to skin after bathing while skin is still moist for a wonderful and simple dry or mature skin treatment.
- Apply as a hair or scalp treatment.
- Soak nails in Argan oil to prevent nail or cuticle dryness.

Nutrition. 2012 Sep;28(9):937-41. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2011.11.032. Epub 2012 Mar 30.
Antithrombotic activity of argan oil: an in vivo experimental study.
Mekhfi H, Belmekki F, Ziyyat A, Legssyer A, Bnouham M, Aziz M. Source Laboratoire de Physiologie et Ethnopharmacologie URAC-40, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed Premier, Oujda, Morocco. hmekhfi@yahoo.fr
OBJECTIVE: Argan oil has been shown to inhibit in vitro and ex vivo platelet aggregation without extending bleeding time. In this report, we examined in vivo the antithrombotic activity of argan oil in an experimental thrombosis model in mice: acute pulmonary thromboembolism and in vitro its effect in a coagulation assay.
METHODS: Acute pulmonary thromboembolism was induced, after argan oil treatment, by an intravenous injection of a collagen and epinephrine mixture. The paralyzed and dead mice in each group were numbered and the percentage of protection against acute pulmonary thromboembolism was calculated. The histologic study was conducted in lung tissue to estimate the percentage of opened and occluded vessels by platelet thrombi. The coagulation assay was monitored in platelet-poor plasma from normal rats by measuring the clotting parameters (activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time, and thrombin time) in the presence and absence of argan oil.
RESULTS: Argan oil (1 mL/100 g/day), administered orally, showed an antithrombotic activity preventing the paralysis or death (50%) induced by the collagen-epinephrine intravenous injection. This observation was confirmed by the lung histologic examination, in which the density of occluded blood vessels was significantly decreased (62.16 ± 3.95%). However, the argan oil remained inactive for the coagulation parameters of activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time, and thrombin time at variance with heparin, an anticoagulant reference drug. The antithrombotic activity of argan oil seemed unrelated to the anticoagulant activity.
CONCLUSION: We suggest that argan oil might be an interesting natural dietary source for the nutritional prevention of hemostasis and cardiovascular disorders. Clinical trials would be necessary and relevant to confirm this hypothesis.
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. PMID: 22465906