The Greeks credited pomegranate with aphrodisiac qualities and now modern science is discovering why.
New studies are showing a glass of pomegranate juice every day can increase men’s sex drive, ease erectile dysfunction and even increase sperm quality.
The purple-coloured fruit has more anti-oxidants than red wine, green tea or blueberries, and is known to have excellent anti-aging properties, with benefits for everything from wrinkle- free glowing skin to better heart and circulatory health.
But now the free radical action of the anti-oxidants is also proving a winner for improved sexual performance.
Pomegranates for Erectile Dysfunction
Nearly half of the men (47%) who drank a glass of pomegranate juice a day reported they got better erections, compared with only 32% in a placebo group, in an Los Angeles based randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover pilot study.
Researchers from The Male Clinic, Beverly Hills, and University of California, Los Angeles said the findings are very encouraging as they suggest there is a non-invasive, non-drug way to potentially alleviate an issue that affects so many men.
“For men with ED, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Drinking pomegranate juice daily could be an important addition to the diet in the management of this condition,” said co-author Harin Padma-Nathan from UCLA.
The results support an earlier study also showing the long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction (Journal of Urology, July 2005).
Pomegranates for Increased Sex Drive
In another study, researchers asked 14 couples to perform a series of tasks after drinking pomegranate, orange or cranberry juice.
These included asking the couples to kiss and showed them images of scantily-clad models of the opposite sex. The team at Mindlabs International, at Sussex University, found the couples kissed more passionately after drinking pomegranate juice, sending their vital signs soaring. The effect was significantly more noticeable in the men.
Also Good for Hot Flushes
Pomegranate alleviates menopausal symptoms like hot flushes in mice and has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sept. 26, 2005).
It’s also been shown to help support the body’s natural defences against Alzheimer’s disease, various cancers, coronary and heart diseases, arthritis and other chronic illnesses. It reduces plaque in the arteries, and reduces “bad” and raises “good” cholesterol.
Other research reports suggest that pomegranate juice might help reduce the risk of breast cancer.