We know olive oil can help you increase testosterone levels and has pretty good fatty-acid ratios for Testosterone production. It is also high in antioxidants, contains anti inflammatory properties and possibly testosterone boosting bitter glycoside; oleuropein.
There is a study where healthy Moroccan men consumed olive oil as their main source of fat and increased testosterone levels by 17%.
In the same study another group of Moroccan men consumed Argan Oil instead and their results topped the olive oil consumers Their testosterone levels increased by 20%.
So there’s clinical evidence showing how it boosts testosterone by 20%
Popular fitness you tuber Big Brandon Carter is a massive fan of consuming olive oil daily, he takes it in shots lol talk about being dedicated.
Pure Moroccan Oil
One of the reasons Argan oils are so popular is due to the fact of them being 100% natural. This is why it is always important to purchase a 100% natural oil. Easiest way to know if an Argan oil product is 100% natural and not filled with fillers is to check the label if the label does not say “100 percent Argan oil,” then it is not a pure Moroccan oil product.
Try Argan oil once and you will never regret that decision. Though there are many variants in Argan oil, look for pure and organic Argan oil. With Argan oil craze, not many suppliers sell real Argan oil, due to the high price and rarity, it is often adulterated or not real. There are different options and products to suit different requirements. If you don’t know where to get started, you can use what I do (Product link).
MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF ARGAN OIL (GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY)
Life Changes for Berber Women in Morocco
by Jean Knill
During the last decade, the lives of many women in the rural areas of south-west Morocco have been transformed. It has taken some international intervention, but is mainly due to the work of an unusual woman who achieved a science professorship in a Moroccan university.
The livelihood of the indigenous people of the region has always depended on the yield of the local argan trees. The fruit of these trees are similar to olives with hard kernels that can be processed into oil. Harvesting and processing this fruit has traditionally been women’s work.
The women use the oil for cooking, to light their lamps, and to protect their hair and skin from the relentless sun. They would sell any excess from stalls at the roadside. The manual work involved in grinding and pressing the hard nuts is backbreaking. It can take about 20 hours to produce just one liter of argan oil.
Thanks mainly to the work of Dr Zoubida Charrouf, a science professor at the university in Rabat, all that has changed. Through years of research, the professor became passionate about the value of the argan trees. As well as forming a healthy ingredient in salad dressings and recipes, the oil can be used in medicines and cosmetics. Its life enhancing anti-inflammatory and anti-aging qualities are now well known. The wood, wood pulp and leaves have commercial value as well, and they can be used in a variety of ways.
Dr Charrouf was also concerned about the lack of opportunities for Berber women and she found a way to use her research to help them. With the support of the International Development Research Centre of Canada, she was instrumental in setting up successful women’s cooperatives to process the argan oil.
For the first time these women could move outside their traditional roles and have their own work and earnings. The nut processing has been made easier with cleverly adapted machines. When women join the cooperatives, they learn reading, writing, numeracy, and business acumen, so that they can take an active part in the running of the cooperatives. They make their own decisions about how their products are made and how they take them to the market.
Trees in Danger
Berber people call the argan “The Tree of Life”. As well as supplying animal fodder and its oil, it has also been the available source of charcoal for heating, and wood for building structures and making furniture and ornaments. The trees need little water, can survive long dry periods in a dormant state and respond quickly with growth when the rain comes.
In the 1990s the country was in danger of losing this natural resource. The trees had been plundered, their numbers were declining and their preservation had been neglected.
Thanks to the efforts of Dr Charrouf and her international colleagues, the main argan forest area became a Biosphere Reserve in 1999 and it is now a World Heritage Site. The women of the cooperatives agreed to each plant 10 trees a year.
By the start of 2008, the numbers of these cooperatives had grown to over twenty and they were represented by the UCFA (Union des Cooperatives des Femmes de l’Arganeraie). The UCFA took on a new project, in partnership with the Moroccan forest authorities and Argand’Or, an organization set up to market the argan products internationally. The aim of the project is to plant over 10,000 trees in the Tiznit area. The first 300 were planted on the day of its launch, February 2nd, 2008.
A Boost for Tourism
The cooperatives have also brought more tourism into the area, welcoming interested visitors. This gives the local economy even more of a boost, benefiting hotels, restaurants, tour operators and even the local souks.
If you happen to be driving on the desert roads near Agadir, sooner or later you’ll see the tree-climbing goats. Their shepherds will be patiently waiting beside the carriageway for coach loads of tourists, who will pay them euros to take photographs of their charges balanced in the trees and silhouetted against the Moroccan sky.
The reason the goats are up there is that, in the arid climate, there is no grass for grazing, so they climb the argan trees to get at their fruit. The kernels are not digested by the goats but pass through them whole.
In days gone by these were later collected from the ground by the women, before they started the process of making the oil. Now, although argan trees are evergreens with spiky thorns making harvesting the fruit difficult, it is more likely that the goats will be kept away from the trees until after the main fruit harvest.
The people of the area recognize the importance of regenerating and nurturing the argan trees. Their future will be safer, and the women of the region have more opportunities than ever before. For many, their earnings are likely to have tripled. Now that they have seen the economic benefits, their menfolk are happy for them to leave their homes to work at the plants of the cooperatives. And these women are literate and understand the value of education for themselves and their children.
Most of us use oil regularly while cooking, this website is all about making regular lifestyle changes that benefit your health and testosterone production. One change you can make today is switching up your oil selection to Argan Oil.