Pomegranate juice has long been in the spotlight as a Superfood.
Even more notable are recent studies which have shown this bright red fruit can also cause surges in testosterone, improve sperm quality and increase sex drive & mood in both sexes.
Pomegranate has long been considered as Superfood because it is full of antioxidants that improve blood circulation, has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease and decrease inflammation.
Recent research at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh investigated the effect pomegranate juice had on testosterone, blood pressure and mood and found that that testosterone on average increased by 24%, blood pressure (both systolic & diastolic) decreased and noticeable mood improvements in both sexes were noted.
Pomegranate Juice also Improves Sperm Quality:
A Turkish Study at Firate University also found that pomegranate juice increased testosterone levels in rats as well as increasing sperm quality. Researchers in the Turkish study fed rates a little pomegranate juice through a tube every day for seven weeks and found that Pomegranate Juice caused an increased production of natural anti-oxidants in the sperm and blood which helped to protect vulnerable fatty acids in the sperm against oxidation.
How much Pomegranate Juice do you need?
Research suggests one tall glass of pomegranate juice every day.
How to make Pomegranate Juice:
By far the best type of pomegranate juice is freshly made in the home. It can be made quickly and easily in only a few minutes. The process is simple – cut open the pomegranate and remove the seeds placing them in a bowl filled with water.
The seeds will sink to the bottom while the white membrane floats to the top. Discard the peel and membrane, leaving only the red seeds and strain out the water and place the seeds in a blender.
Blend the seeds, strain the seed mixture into a cup. In this cup is a very potent, concentrated, tart but tasty Superfood drink. Add water and sweetener to taste.
Alternative to Fresh Pomegranate Juice:
Of course fresh is best, but if pomegranates are not in season or you rather purchase pre-made pomegranate juice, care needs to be taken when buying this juice.
Many pomegranate juices sold in grocery stores are actually juice blends (apple, pear or grape) and also made with water and sugar. It’s important to stay away from these blends as they won’t have the nutritional value you are looking for.
When buying pomegranate juice, look for the label with the words “100% Pomegranate Juice”. The real stuff is often much more expensive than other juices so be prepared to twice as much for this juice.
Also pay attention to the ingredient list. It should not be any cheap filled juices such as apple, grape or pear and avoid any juice which contains “malic acid” or “citric acid” as these are commonly added to hide the fact the product has been watered down.