Otherwise referred to as pig nut bush or goat nut, Jojoba is a shrub-like plant known for its oil seeds. The Jojoba oil is an ingredient commonly used to produce cosmetics. Besides, it is also used as animal feeds and alternative dietary oil.
The Origin of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is commonly found in the southern regions of the Unites States; however, plantations for the shrub-like plant have also been extended to other drier (deserts and semi-deserts) regions of Israel, Australia, Mexico, Peru and India. Jojoba is characterized by its extreme hardy nature making it economically viable in arid areas.
Benefits of Jojoba
Apart from being one of the most useful ingredients in the cosmetic industry, Jojoba oil is sometimes used as an alternative sperm oil (whale oil), which was initially used as a very effective lubricant. Research has also revealed that the oil can also be used in diesel locomotives. In a recent study, the findings indicate that Jojoba oil can help in the treatment of wounds in humans.
Jojoba oil has also been found to be suitable for human consumption and like Olestra, which was introduced in early 2000s as an alternative fat, Jojoba oil contains no calories and is indigestible. In this case, it can be used strategically for weight loss.
Jojoba for Bodybuilding
A few researches have been carried out to establish whether the Jojoba oil is ideal for use in sports or bodybuilding. Further studies have also been carried out to determine the potentiality of oil or Jojoba flour for weight loss. As such, two researchers examined the reaction of mice when given an option to choose between Jojoba meal and that without. In Lieven’s study done in 2003, the mice opted for Jojoba. In Boozer’s findings, there was a close relationship in the consumption of Jojoba and body weight.
Well, it is unfortunate that the reason for the results is yet to be established but it is alleged that feeding on Jojoba meal influences hunger signals. Thus, if you are keen on losing weight, perhaps, it would be a wise idea to include Jojoba meal in your diet plan.
Jojoba Negatives Side Effects
The only known negative side effect of excessive Jojoba consumption is steatorrhea, a condition in which there appears too much fat in stool resulting into a stench smell. Consuming higher Jojoba meals with higher concentrates causes a reduction in white and red blood cells. However, this condition can be reversed by consuming meals containing no Jojoba substances.
Recommended Doses & Ingredient Timing for Jojoba
As for Jojoba dosages, there are no set recommendations yet. However, it is important to keep the consumption of Jojoba meals below 10%. No human studies have been carried out and so these remain unproven estimates.
Very few supplements contain Jojoba. What you can find on the market are Jojoba meal and oil but they are rare considering that it is mostly used in the cosmetic industry.
Ideally, Jojoba is compatible with other kinds of weight loss supplements including l-carnitine, thermogenic weight loss supplement or CLA. However, it is important to avoid mixing Jojoba meal and oil with fat or carb blockers.