One of the qualities that make argan oil so popular is that the oil contains a sizeable amount of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has many health benefits – it is immune boosting, helps repair damaged skin, nails and hair, and offers good protection against diseases. Alpha-tocopherol (the technical name for vitamin E) reduces cholesterol and plaque build-up, which cuts down the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Although the body cannot make vitamin E, it is an essential nutrient, meaning that the body needs to absorb vitamin E from food in order to function properly. But it is rare for a person to have a deficiency of the vitamin since it is fat-soluble, and can be stored in fatty tissues in the body for up to half a year. Apart from Moroccan argan, other good sources of alpha-tocopherol include vegetable oils (especially wheat-germ oil), nuts, poultry and wheat. It can also be taken as a supplement in its pure form.
However, when buying vitamin E supplements, it is important to buy natural vitamin E as opposed to synthetic vitamin E. The vitamin in its natural form is easily absorbed and much more potent. If you have trouble telling one from the other, look at the ingredients label. The natural form of the vitamin is called “d-alpha tocopherol”, whereas the synthetic version is “dl-alpha tocopherol”.
Here is a brief run-down of some of the health benefits to be gained from this vitamin:
- Antioxidant Properties
Vitamin E is one of the strongest antioxidants out there. Antioxidants fight free radicals. Free radicals are unstable compounds that can alter cell structure, causing aging, a weakened immune system, and in extreme cases even cancer. Antioxidants go a long way in helping to prevent many diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
- Reduces Cholesterol
Cholesterol damages the body because it converts into plaque which clogs up blood vessels, leading to heart diseases and strokes. Vitamin E prevents this. It also makes the blood thinner which improves blood flow throughout the body.
- Skin care
Free radicals affect the skin negatively. This is the reason why smokers and people who live in polluted areas age quicker than others. Vitamin E combats these free radicals, and it also helps the skin retain its moisture. It speeds up the healing of wounds and protects against UV radiation. Many creams and lotions contain vitamin E oil. Before I was introduced to argan oil, I used to mix pure vitamin E oil into a generic lotion, which really helped my skin stay soft and hydrated. Now I just use pure argan oil, which is great for skin care.
Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to relieve pain. It can be compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) typically used to relieve pain caused by arthritis.
Vitamin E is one of the most versatile nutrients out there, and I always make sure to have a bottle of oil containing vitamin E on hand. Use it on your skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars. Argan oil contains a lot of vitamin E as well as other nutrients that support its actions.