What is argan oil and what are its properties and contraindications? Use in cosmetics and cooking.
L’Argan oil it’s a oil obtained from the seeds of the Argan tree or Thorny Argania, exclusive to some regions of the Morocco, which has always been used by local populations for health and the Welfare of the skin.
The argan fruit is harvested between June and July once it has dried and fallen to the ground, still by hand today.
Then we proceed to the extraction and processing of the oil both with the traditional method, with a tool capable of producing Malaxage with 50% argan oil, then proceeding to the production of pure argan oil.
Argan oil properties
Its beneficial effects on the skin are due to the various active substances that compose it, namely vitamin A, vitamin E, Omega 3, Omega 6, and unsaturated acids.
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For the richness of vitamins and principles it is called Golden oil.
L’argan oil has remarkable emollient, moisturizing, protective and nourishing properties on the skin that make it a broad spectrum natural remedy with effect:
- Anti age: the content of Vitamin E plays an effective action against free radicals, contributing to the early prevention of cellular aging and the formation of wrinkles.
- Elasticizing: action carried out by the high content of Polyphenols, powerful natural antioxidants.
- Antiaridity: the skin maintains its natural balance thanks to the high content of linoleic acids, that is Omega 3 is Omega 6.
Today’s biocosmetic uses the active ingredients of Argan Oil for the beauty and natural health of the skin of the whole body: anti-wrinkle face mask, dry hair mask, body massages up to the soles of the feet.
Aran oil in cooking
For food use argan oil is obtained by roasting the seeds and is used as extra virgin olive oil for couscous, bread, salads.
Recipes with Argan oil
Argan oil and toasted almonds can be blended to make a peanut butter-like paste to spread on bread and rusks.
Calories and nutritional values of Argan oil
100 g of Argan Oil they bring about 900 Calories. Contains approximately 42% oleic acid, 37% palmitic acid, 6 & stearic acid and 0.5% alpha linolenic acid. Therefore argan oil is composed almost exclusively of fatty acids, 80% of which are unsaturated.
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Argan oil contraindications
It has no particular contraindications and side effects except in the typical abuse of oils.
Curiosities and things to know about Argan
About 2 kg of Argan oil are extracted from 100 kg of dry fruit