ACADEMICS

Argan oil and male infertility

INTRODUCTION

Argan oil is extracted from the seeds of the argan tree (Arganiaspinosa). It is natively associated with a semi-arid region of Morocco land. The oil has a unique oil profile which has been benefiting the humans or years.

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This Moroccan oil has been used to enhance the beauty and to provide vibrant and glowing skin to Mediterranean women. It is used as a hydrating and softening agent for hair, face, and body. This oil protects skin from UV rays.

Despite this, it also has several health benefits as well. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and also reduces premature aging. Few studies have found this miraculous oil improves digestion and also reduces cholesterol.

Male infertility is a kind of reproductive problem associated with poor quantity and quality of sperm. A sperm count below 20 million per ml is considered to be low count. Sperms with less than 60% motility may suffer from some kind of motility.

There are several reasons for infertility: genetics, occupational, biological, exposure etc. here we are more concern with biological causes. Diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, stress, hypertension and poor diet contribute to infertility in man.

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BENEFITS OF ARGAN OIL

This Oil is a rich source of Tocopherols and phenols. Tocopherols is the precursor of anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-sterility hormone – Vitamin E. the oil contains phenols like catechol, caffeic acid, oleuropein, and resorcinol. Argan oil contains essentials fatty acids like oleic acid and linoleic acid. Stearic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acids are also found in the smaller quantities which adds on benefits to the list.  Triterpenoid saponins are the precursor of all steroids.

 

 

 

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Aayushi Rastogi

M.Sc. Clinical Research

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