by Christine Fawley

Pomegranates have long been celebrated as both delicious and nutritious. Pomegranates were symbols of fertility in Grecian culture, and appear in the Bible as a fruit of royalty. The vibrant red jewel-like fruit and potent juices are recognized for having anti-cancer properties and have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in any fruit. Now, new scientific research indicates that a glass of pomegranate juice a day may be as potent in Viagra in assisting men with erectile function.

In the first clinical study of its kind, researchers found that men with erectile dysfunction who consumed one cup of pomegranate juice a day experienced stronger reactions when compared to drinking a placebo juice. The study was a “crossover” study, where the same group of men took both the pomegranate juice and the placebo juice over different four-week periods. This allowed the study to investigate the efficacy of pomegranate in each man. About half of the men found erections easier to maintain while drinking pomegranate juice. The juice may help increase blood flow to the penis, the essential physiological response needed for erections and sexual pleasure.

According to study co-author Harin Padma-Nathan, MD, Clinical Professor of Urology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, “These findings are very encouraging as they suggest there is a non-invasive, non-drug way to potentially alleviate this quality of life issue that affects so many men. For men with Erectile Dysfunction, 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.”

Pomegranate juice is increasingly available in all major grocery stores. You can also enjoy the healthy benefits of the whole fruit. The rich juice will stain, however, so some caution is recommended as you separate the juicy seeds from the white rind. One great method is opening up the fruit while submerged in water. The seeds will sink, the white membrane will float. Once you have opened the entire fruit, simply drain the water and enjoy the healthy and vibrant red seeds.

You can also support your sexual health with prostate milking, a pleasurable sexual activity that you can learn in at home with online flash videos. Prostate health is central to maintaining lifelong sexual function, strong erections and ejaculation.

Of course, no one is recommending that you replace your trusted Viagra with pomegranate juice. Further research is needed, and will surely reveal more health-giving properties to benefit men and women alike. Meanwhile, why not treat yourself to a tall glass of ruby red pomegranate juice? The health benefits are well established, and you may find that you get some unexpected sexual benefits as well.