Fruits have been used by men as aphrodisiacs. One of the well-known fruit aphrodisiacs is pomegranate, which aficionados claim to have a sweet and tart taste combining the flavors of grapes, cranberries and apples.
Its seeds, which are the parts of the fruit used for a wide range of culinary purposes, are juicy and crunchy, too.
Today, pomegranate is also used as a modern aphrodisiac albeit in another form – as an ingredient in male enhancement supplements (such this one for example). Here are the things including the reasons for its popularity as an ingredient that every buyer of these dietary supplements must know.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) fruit grows from a deciduous shrub that grows between 5 and 8 meters, which can grow in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
The harvesting season varies between the two hemispheres – September to February in the north, March to May in the south.
The shrub is considered native to Iran and northern India but it has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region since ancient times as well as introduced to the Americas by Spanish settlers in the 18th century.
The juice, or intact arils in many cases, is used in cooking and baking as well as in juice blends, alcoholic beverages, and smoothies, among others. The peel is used as an ingredient in dietary supplements and even food preservatives because of its high phenolic content.
And speaking of nutritional content, dieticians-nutritionists highly recommend the regular consumption of pomegranates as part of a healthy diet because of its high nutritional value. The seeds contain a wide range of nutrients including:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
- Polyphenols including ellagitannins, flavonoids and anthocyanins (i.e., antioxidants)
- Dietary fiber
- Palmitic acid, punicic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, and oleic acid
- Natural steroid hormones
Even the peel has nutritional value although it is rarely used for cooking and baking purposes. Instead, it is used as an ingredient in dietary supplements including male enhancement supplements because of its high – as much as three times the amount found in the seeds – polyphenols content.
Of course, the manufacturers of male enhancement supplements use the pomegranates’ nutritional values as a come-on for their consumers to buy their products.
This is not surprising as several studies have identified several health benefits associated with pomegranate consumption including the benefits outlined below. It should be noted that health benefits where male sexual health is concerned are largely attributed to the high antioxidant content of the fruit including its peel.
Emphasis must also be made about the beneficial action of antioxidants on the body.
Antioxidants are natural chemicals that fight the harmful effects of free radicals on the cells and tissues of the body, hence, their importance in fighting off the effects of aging including the onset of diseases and illnesses.
The main action of pomegranate in male enhancement supplements is the improvement of blood vessel condition.
What’s so special about it?
The process of penile erection must first be understood. For the penis to achieve and maintain an erection, three things must be present, namely:
- Stimuli for the brain to send the signal for increasing blood flow to the penis (e.g., watching a nude body)
- Blood flow increasing to the penis
- Blood pooling inside the penile chambers particularly the corpora cavernosa
This is where the pomegranate extract with its high antioxidant content in male enhancement supplements comes in. The antioxidants aid in stronger erections by:
- Reducing the hardening of the arteries;
- Lessening the impact of bad cholesterol on the blood vessels; and
- Contributing to the overall health of the circulatory system.
And with healthier blood vessels relatively free from plaques, the penis can receive more blood flow and hold the blood inside its chambers in a more sustained manner.
With regular and proper intake of the male supplements with pomegranate extract as well as the adoption of healthy diet and exercise habits, better erections can be achieved – harder, firmer and longer-lasting erections, to be exact.