Health benefits of Vitamin E

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.

  • Anti-inflammatory

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.

 

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What is Moroccan Argan Oil Good For?

A few years ago, argan oil was virtually unknown to people outside of Morocco. But in just a short while, the popularity of argan oil has skyrocketed.  This Moroccan oil possesses unique properties that have made it a new favourite of the health and skin care industries.  So what does argan oil do, and why has it suddenly become so popular?

A Traditional Moroccan Oil

Argan oil - Argan treeArgan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa) which grows almost exclusively in Morocco.  The tree once grew in abundance in northern Africa, however it is now considered an endangered species and the argan-growing region was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1998.  The tree is well suited to the barren lands of southwest Morocco as it has adapted to drought and soil erosion.

Berber peoples have been producing oil from argan trees for centuries.  The oil is used by them for cosmetic, medicinal, and culinary purposes.  The fruits of the argan tree are green and resemble large olives.  Inside the fruit there is a nut which contains kernels from which the oil can be extracted.

Traditionally the oil has been produced manually.  This is done by roasting the kernels and grinding them to a powder.  The powder is then mixed with water, forming a dough from which the oil can be extracted.  This is a laborious and time-consuming process, and it takes about 20 hours of work to produce one litre of the oil. Nowadays, most argan oil is produced with the help of mechanical presses, making the process quicker and more efficient.

Argan Oil and Women’s Cooperatives

Woman's Argan oil co-operative - from Ziliv (Flickr)

Much of the Moroccan argan oil is produced by women’s co-operatives.  The first co-operative was set up by Zoubida Charrouf, a Professor in the Science Faculty of Mohamed V. University.  Charrouf was fascinated by the properties of the argan tree, and while researching it, she saw an opportunity to give help the communities of southwest Morocco:

Dr Charrouf felt the need, first to do field work, but also to give something back to the communities she had consulted in the course of her research. “There’s a debt to be paid,” she states, “there has to be a return to the disenfranchised of these regions who taught us about the argan’s benefits… That’s when I told myself that it made no sense that, at the end of the 20th century, this oil that has so many virtues – nutritional, cosmetic, therapeutic – can be as debased as it was. It’s not right that it’s still sold on the side of the road, in recycled, chipped bottles. It’s not right either that it’s still produced by grinding the nuts between rocks.” (source)

With the help of IDRC (International development research Centre), Charrouf set out to develop co-operatives where local women were could use modern extraction techniques to produce argan oil.  Not only do the co-operatives help the women earn an income, but they also motivate locals to protect and re-plant the endangered argan tree.

Argan Oil Benefits – What is Argan Oil Good for?

Moroccan argan oil has a multitude of benefits owing to its unique properties:

  • It is extremely high in Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant.  Vitamin E is healthy whether taken internally or externally, which makes argan oil good for ingesting and for treating skin and hair conditions.  The health benefits of Vitamin E are numerous.
  • Argan oil benefitsThe oleic acid in argan oil helps to control cholesterol levels.  The Moroccan oil also contains sterols, which block the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. Sterols have been found to have anti-cancer properties.
  • Argan oil is excellent for hair care.  It repairs damaged hair, and can also be used for daily hair care.  It gets rid of frizz and split ends while improving the elasticity of your hair.  Argan oil is also used in Moroccan oil shampoo products.
  • Moroccan oil is used for skin health care It is non-greasy and gets absorbed faster into the skin than other oils.  Because of its antioxidant and regenerative properties, it can be used for wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks and other troublesome skin conditions such as psoriasis.
  • The culinary uses of argan oil are widespread.  It has a nutty flavour and can enhance a vast variety of dishes, from soups to desserts.  Not only does it taste good, but the health benefits are many.  It has been shown to be good for cardiovascular conditions, arthritis and digestion.

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I’ve used the Aztec secret healing clay masks a couple of times and have generally felt ‘meh’ about it. I felt dry and tight and then broke out the day after.

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So…when I tried my most recent mask, I applied as normal but then, after taking it off, I used pure argan oil to do an oil cleanse.

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I looove touching my face so I always relish in this an ended up massaging for 10 minutes. I kid you not, I think I got 200 pieces of grit out in 10 minutes. Now, my skin feels amazing, my pores are nearly invisible in most places (used to be huge and gaping and scary), and my face feels alive.

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Great Advice To Help Your Skin Care

My advice is nothing new, but I hope it will reinforce that what you’re already reading on this really does work.

  1. Wear a high quality, high SPF sunscreen every single day, no exceptions. Slather it on extra thick on your neck  décolletage, which frequently get ignored. Don’t forget your lips. Yes, even wear SPF in winter! Reapply frequently.
  2. In addition to wearing SPF, wear broad-brimmed hats & big sunglasses. Keep your skin out of the bright mid-day sun.sun glass
  3. Don’t do anything to your face that will damage your capillaries. Suffering a few un-squeezed blackheads in your 20s is so worth it to end up with porcelain skin in your 40s.
  4. Do not smoke  expect that your skin won’t eventually suffer the consequences. 🙂
  5. Get a great dermatologist early. Go often. Get everything checked out. If you don’t like your dermatologist, keep searching until you find one you like. I see mine twice a year.skin cream
  6. If your dermatologist recommends it, start a prescription retinoid as young as possible. I started using Retin-A in my early 20s, highly buffered. It’s like magic for me.
  7. Use the gentlest option available to you in every skincare category. The gentlest cleanser, toner, masque, lotion, natural oil (Argan Oil, coconut oil, etc ) etc. The idea is to avoid inflammation. Be gentle!arganoil
  8. Don’t hesitate to use Botox, IPL, professional peels, or anything else you need. Only under the supervision of a highly regarded, appropriately credentialed dermatologist, of course! Do it as soon as you see the need for it. Don’t wait for the situation to become dramatic  then expect your doc to work miracles.
  9. Eat mindfully. Take your omega-3s, and anything else recommended by your MD.