Argan oil-contained antioxidants for human mitochondria

Nat Prod Commun. 2013 Jan;8(1):47-50.


The powerful antioxidant capacity of virgin argan oil is attributed to its content of antioxidant molecules. Recent investigations have identified CoQ10 and melatonin as some of these antioxidant molecules. In this review, we summarize the most recent data about the content of CoQ10 and melatonin in virgin argan oil and the differences found in samples extracted by the traditional and half-industrialized methods. We also emphasize the importance of these two molecules for human health, focusing on their actions in mitochondria. Finally, we refer to other abundant antioxidants in virgin argan oil: tocopherols and polyphenols.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / analysis
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Homeostasis / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Melatonin / analysis
  • Melatonin / pharmacology*
  • Mitochondria / drug effects*
  • Mitochondria / metabolism
  • Plant Oils / chemistry*
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • Ubiquinone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Ubiquinone / analysis
  • Ubiquinone / pharmacology


  • Antioxidants
  • Plant Oils
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Ubiquinone
  • argan oil
  • coenzyme Q10
  • Melatonin