Effect of argan and olive oil consumption on the hormonal profile of androgens among healthy adult Moroccan men

Nat Prod Commun. 2013 Jan;8(1):51-3.


This study aimed to assess the effect of virgin argan oil (VAO) and extra virgin olive oil (EVO) on the hormonal profile of androgens and anthropometric parameters among healthy adult Moroccan men during a controlled nutritional intervention. The study was carried out on 60 young and healthy male volunteers aged between 23 and 40 years old. During a stabilization period of 2 weeks they consumed butter. The group was then randomized into two categories, the first one consuming VAO and the second EVO for 3 weeks. Testosterone (T), luteinizing hormone (LH) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS) serum concentrations were measured at the beginning of the study and at the end of each period. The Mann-Whitney test was used to compare the two groups (VAO and EVO) during each step of the study. Differences in androgens and anthropometric parameters between the baseline and after 3 weeks of the diet in the VAO and EVO groups were analyzed using the Wilcoxon test. T and LH serum concentrations significantly increased after the intervention period. T levels increased by 19.9% and 17.4% (p < 0.0001), and LH levels by 18.5% (p < 0.007) and 42.6% (p < 0.0001), respectively, for VAO and EVO (p < 0.0001). However, DHEAS serum concentrations, body weight, body mass index, arterial pressure and daily energetic intake did not show any significant variation after the intervention with either argan or olive oils. The results suggest that consumption of AVO and EVO might be the origin of a positive action on the androgen hormonal profile of men.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Androgens / blood
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone / blood*
  • Dietary Fats, Unsaturated / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Luteinizing Hormone / blood*
  • Male
  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology*
  • Sapotaceae
  • Testosterone / blood*
  • Young Adult


  • Androgens
  • Dietary Fats, Unsaturated
  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils
  • Testosterone
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone
  • argan oil
  • Luteinizing Hormone