What Is Argan Oil?


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Argan oil is a rare oil pressed from the kernels found inside the pits found growing on argan trees. Argan trees grow in southwestern Morocco and they bear fruit.

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Argan oil is a precious commodity that has been used by Moroccan women for centuries. The original process of harvesting the oil including a passage through the bellies of the regional goats that climb the argan trees in search of its fruit. There are two common varieties of argan oil. One variety is used for culinary purposes and the other for cosmetic purposes. Argan oil is primarily comprised of vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids, squalene and sterols. Some of these components are prized for their antioxidant and anti-tumorigenic properties.

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