Argan oil: which benefits on cardiovascular diseases?

Pharmacol Res. 2006 Jul;54(1):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2006.02.004. Epub 2006 Mar 6.


Aim: The argan oil, extracted from argan-tree fruits, has been known for its various pharmacological properties and used as a natural remedy since several centuries. In this review, we present a summary of the results obtained from a survey of the literature on argan oil.

Data synthesis: Various studies conducted in vitro or on human and animal models suggest that argan oil could play a beneficial role in cardiovascular diseases prevention and its consumption could protect against atherosclerosis and cancer via a variety of biological mechanisms.

Conclusion: Argan oil reduces cardiovascular risk and may be used as anti-atherogenic oil.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antihypertensive Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / analysis
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / analysis
  • Fruit / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / pharmacology
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology*
  • Sapotaceae / chemistry*


  • Antihypertensive Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated
  • Hypolipidemic Agents
  • Plant Oils