Argan oil is emerging as one of the useful plant oils in terms of nutrient profile. It is best to include it in your usual diet because the health benefits of Argan oil are countless. This article shall examine the health benefits of Argan oil in terms of its Beta-carotene (a precursor of vitamin A) and vitamin D content.
Health Benefits Of Argan Oil: Vitamin A
Beta-carotene, a vitamin A precursor, with a pronounced yellow color in its purified forms, is active in a variety of chemical forms some of which are specific to certain physiological reactions. It has been positively identified as participating in at least five distinct metabolic reactions. It is inferred that a common metabolic factor must exist in its effect on cartilage, bone, and epithelium, but so far no one has been able to identify the biochemical nature of this role.
Health Of Epithelial Cells
Epithelial cells are found not only in the outer protective layer of skin but also the linings of all openings from the body, such as the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, and the genitourinary tract. In many cases, these epithelial cells normally secrete mucus. The fact that certain sequences of degenerative changes occur when vitamin A is lacking supports the belief that Vitamin A is essential to biochemical reactions necessary to preserve health of epithelial cells. These cells are characterized by continuous replacement and progressive differentiation. They also tend to produce mucopolysaccharides as secretory products.
Studies have indicated that vitamin A is necessary for the release of protein-splitting enzymes from particles in the cells known as lysosomes. These enzymes must be released to act on the cartilage of bone tissue during bone remodeling to cause a breakdown of the protein structure and dissolution, of the matrix itself. An imbalance between the rate of breakdown of bone and bone formation is reflected in abnormal bone structure.
Health Benefits OfArgan Oil: Vitamin D
Vitamin D influences the rate of absorption of amino acids in the kidney tubules. Evidence indicates that the level of amino acids in the urine is a fairly sensitive indication of vitamin D status, increasing in a deficiency and decreasing when vitamin D restores the normal rate of resorption. The addition of vitamin D to the diet increases the rate of absorption of phosphate, but likely of greater importance is the fact that it increases the resorption of phosphate from the tubules of the kidneys. Failure of calcification of the bone is more often caused by an inadequate supply of phosphate than of calcium, although the term calcification to describe the deposition of calcium phosphate crystals in the bone matrix implies that calcium is primarily involved. In the absence of vitamin D, much phosphate is lost in urinary excretions, and the blood levels of phosphate drop.