Drinking a glass of this luscious red fruit each day can arouse or induce feelings of sexual desire, claims an intriguing new study.
According to researchers at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, pomegranates contain aphrodisiac properties that increase testosterone levels which enhance sexual pleasure in both the sexes.
Testosterone is responsible for development of male characteristics like physical strength, muscle mass, body shape, body hair, deep voice, sexual function etc.
The hormone, also produced in female adrenal glands and ovaries, enhances woman’s sex drive and strengthens her bones and muscles.
A 2-week study
In a bid to determine the impact of pomegranate juice on sexual health the researchers carried out a study. They enrolled 58 volunteers in the age bracket of 21 to 65 years for a period of two weeks.
All the participants underwent tests to monitor their blood pressure and measure their testosterone levels.
As a part of the study, the group was assigned to drink a glass of pomegranate juice every day for a fortnight.
In addition, a scientific scale was used to gauge levels of 11 emotions, including fear, sadness, guilt, shyness and self-assurance throughout the study period.
Outcome of the study
The researchers found testosterone levels surged between 16 per cent and 30 per cent among the subjects. Moreover, regular consumption of pomegranate juice lowered blood pressure.
Daily intake of the beverage alleviated chronic stress, negative thoughts, helped enhance memory and made people feel more active and upbeat in their look-out.
Other benefits of pomegranate
Pomegranate juice is stacked with antioxidants which scavenge free radicals and prevent DNA damage that can lead to a number of serious health conditions.
The fruit juice contains soluble polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins which play a vital role in cancer cell death.
Studies have established that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice everyday can reduce the risk of heart and artery disease. It can also reduce retention of "bad" cholesterol.
In addition, pomegranate juice can help shift abdomen fat. Pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure and cuts the danger of stroke risk. It helps in killing harmful bacteria and increases bone density.
Last but not the least, a boiled infusion of the pomegranate rind can sooth a sore throat and a scalp massage form the paste of its leaves is thought to reverse baldness.
Originally published on 2012-05-08.