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Argan oil is a natural oil extracted from nuts of the argan tree. The argan tree is mainly found in Morocco, though it also grows in Algeria and Israel. Due to the limited growing areas of this tree, the demand for the oil far outstrips the supply. In addition, the complicated extraction process limits the oil shelf-life to about six months, which drives up the prices further. The oil is loaded with benefits to our bodies.

Argan Tree

Skin Rejuvenation

Argan oil has both antioxidants and moisturizing attributes which help enhance skin elasticity and reduce skin moisture loss. This helps the skin slow down the aging process and imparts a youthful, softer tone to the skin. The oil helps minimize stretch marks, wrinkles and unsightly circles under the eyes. It combats damage from pollution, smoking and harmful sun rays. It helps control sebum and body pH which helps curb skin greasiness and irritation.

 

Healthy & Breakage-Free Hair

Using argan oil on hair reduces instances of frizzy ends and splitting-resulting in shinier, healthier hair. It hydrates the hair roots, strengthens and makes hair easier to manage. The oil protects the hair during styling or when one engages in outdoor activities that can cause hair breakage. The oil contains fatty acids that help strengthen the protein in hair without making it oily or sticky. Applying argan oil to the scalp helps eliminate the problem of dry scalp.

 

Body nutrition and therapeutic effects

The antioxidants in argan oil promote immunity and protects against various diseases like breast, prostate and colon cancers. The oil strengthens nails, relieves arthritis pains and helps insulin resistance. In men, argan oil helps prevent cardiovascular disease. The oil has high levels of linoleic, omega-6, omega-9 acids which have anti-aging, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. The oil also contains antioxidants like vitamin A and tocopherols which is like vitamin E and fights and neutralizes free radicals.
Taking two spoonfuls of argan oil every day provides one with these therapeutic and preventive benefits. Since heating degrades its effectiveness, it is recommended that it is taken as part of salads or added to cooked foods. The oil is also used to dip bread and in various dishes.

 

References

http://skincare.about.com/od/skin101/a/Argan-Oil-Benefits-For-Skin-Hair-And-Body.htm
http://www.med-health.net/Argan-Oil-Benefits.html