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Historically, pomegranate has been associated with fertility, because of the vast number of seeds contained in the fruit. This symbolism did not initially have a basis in science and yet, people believed that the juice of the fruit could enhance a person’s sexual drive and function.
According to researchers Emad Al-Dujaili & Nacer Smail, there may be some scientific backing to those beliefs. Their study ‘Pomegranate juice intake enhances salivary testosterone levels and improves mood and wellbeing in healthy men and women which was initially published by the Society of Endocrinology showed that pomegranate juice is rich in polyphenolic antioxidants. These types of antioxidants are linked to the reduction of stress and cardiovascular risk factors. The reason for this is the reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure and the effects of the antioxidants in inhibiting 11βHSD1 activity. As part of the study, the researchers wanted to show the connection, if any, between pomegranate juice and the influence it has on mood and salivary testosterone levels.
To conduct the study controlled cross-sectional repeated measures were taken and 60 healthy adult volunteers were recruited. The participants all had different work locations and their ages varied (mean=39.1±13.8y). There were 38 females and 22 males participating with their BMI falling within a set range (25.6±4.5 kg/m2). To further control the study and have consistent results, daily saliva samples were collected three times during the day. One in the morning, one at noon, and one at night. Other measurements taken included blood pressure and arterial elasticity. During the two weeks of the study pomegranate pure juice was consumed.
After the two weeks of pomegranate juice intake, there was a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic pressure was noted to have been reduced from 123.7± to 119.6± mmHg, while diastolic fell from 74.9± to 72.4±mmHg.
In terms of testosterone, a key question of the study, the salivary testosterone levels were shown to have gradual increases between each week of the study. After the increase in intake of Pomegranate juice, both the male and female participants had an increase in testosterone levels.
For men the daily average increased from 242.1 to 296.1 in the 1st week to 298.4 in the 2nd week. Women’s daily average increased from 161.2 to 196.1 to 204.5±47.6 in that same time frame. This increase in salivary testosterone was noted during all phases of the study.
The results of this study showed that the consumption of pomegranate pure juice can lead to a significant increase, averaging 24%, in the salivary testosterone levels of healthy adults. Apart from the effects on testosterone, other effects related to one’s blood pressure and mood, with improvements in both anxiety levels and emotions experienced by all candidates irrespective of their discipline.
This study provides conclusive results that there is a direct link between pomegranate juice and an increase in salivary testosterone levels and that the daily consumption of pure pomegranate juice could bring many positive effects to a person’s health.