Argan oil is an oil extracted from the Argan Tree, Argania spinosa, most commonly seen in southern Morocco. It was cultivated since the 1700’s but it is not as popular as the other oils in the world like virgin coconut oil or the olive oil. There are specific characteristics to argan oil as well. It is said to have pharmaceutical, nutritional and cosmetic benefits. As the world is getting to know the magic of argan, scientists are also trying to discover ways on how to develop it further.
As we all know, prostate cancer is one of the many causes of death for men. It is also the most common cancer for men. Though, it usually appears to men 40 and above. It is very rare for young men to acquire prostate cancer. That is why people take precautions in everything they eat or do. The most common risks for people who are susceptible to prostate cancer are: too much alcohol, farming, too much exposure to paint, exposure to cadmium, high fat diet, etc. So there are advise that would go like, “Be a vegetarian to stay away from cancer.” or “Eat Japanese food.” Though these are just speculations, there is some truth in it.
People who already have prostate cancer suffer from imbalanced urinary system, bone pain (most often the pelvic bones and the lower back bones) and blood in urine or semen. These are dangerous and painful symptoms. Also, in whatever type of cancer, there is very little chance for survival. So how can we prevent having prostate cancer in the first place?
What scientists are doing all over the world, is they are looking at the characteristics and chemical composition of the virgin argan oil to determine if it has qualities that will be viable to prevent prostate cancer. They have evaluated that argan oils contain polyphenols and sterols that are antigen that should have an antiproliferative effect on the three human prostatic cells.
The research and experiments have shown that these chemicals have a significant effect on the biochemical processes that induce prostate cancer cells. Also the experiments showed that the longer the exposure to virgin argan oil, there is a decrease in the number of cancer cells that appear in the cell lines. This is a staggering result that opens possibilities to the prevention of prostate cancer.
Though these experiments show strong results on the effectiveness of argan oil, there are still further tests that are needed to be done to conclude that it is a reliable cure. Nonetheless, the studies present the important role that argan oil can contribute in this field. Who knows, maybe virgin argan oil would actually be the cure for prostate cancer, or any cancer in that case!