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El Maouardi M, Kharbach M, Cherrah Y, De Braekeleer K, Bouklouze A, Vander Heyden Y. Quality Control and Authentication of Argan Oils: Application of Advanced Analytical Techniques. Molecules. 2023; 28(4):1818.

Quality control and authentication of Argan oils : application of advanced analytical techniques

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Author: El Maouardi, Meryem1,2; Kharbach, Mourad3; Cherrah, Yahya1;
Organizations: 1Biopharmaceutical and Toxicological Analysis Research Team, Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University Mohammed V, Rabat 10100, Morocco
2Department of Analytical Chemistry, Applied Chemometrics and Molecular Modelling, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium
3Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
4Pharmacognosy, Bioanalysis & Drug Discovery Unit, Faculty of Pharmacy, University Libre Brussels, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-08-25


In addition to the nutritional and therapeutic benefits, Argan oil is praised for its unique bio-ecological and botanic interest. It has been used for centuries to treat cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and skin infections, as well as for its anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative properties. Argan oil is widely commercialized as a result of these characteristics. However, falsifiers deliberately blend Argan oil with cheaper vegetable oils to make economic profits. This reduces the quality and might result in health issues for consumers. Analytical techniques that are rapid, precise, and accurate are employed to monitor its quality, safety, and authenticity. This review provides a comprehensive overview of studies on the quality assessment of Moroccan Argan oil using both untargeted and targeted approaches. To extract relevant information on quality and adulteration, the analytical data are coupled with chemometric techniques.

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Series: Molecules
ISSN: 1420-3049
ISSN-E: 1420-3049
ISSN-L: 1420-3049
Volume: 28
Issue: 4
Article number: 1818
DOI: 10.3390/molecules28041818
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
111 Mathematics
Funding: This research was funded by VLIR-UOS (Team project-VLIR 345 MA2017), the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rabat (FMPR).
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