One of the oldest known fruits, the pomegranate has been revered as a symbol of health and fertility
The pomegranate has been grown in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Not only does the pomegranate symbolize fertility in the art of ancient cultures, but it has been proven to have healing properties. Pomegranates have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, to eliminate parasites, lower blood pressure, assist in dental issues and prevent cancer.
Pomegranates are an excellent source of flavonoids, antioxidants and polyphenols. They also contain vitamin C, vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), folic acid along with vitamin E and fibre. Pomegranates also contain special compounds called Punicalagins, found only in pomegranates, which have potent immune supporting and anti cancer properties. Punicalagins, in studies, appear to improve apopotosis (this is programmed cell death) and so this would speed up the process of removing cells that are not functioning in the correct way from the body- hence the anti cancer properties of the pomegranate.
In relation to fertility, Pomegranates are thought to improve and help balance oestrogen and progesterone levels in women
Pomegranates help to stimulate a healthy sex drive as well as containing a good quantity of folic acid, essential for conception and a healthy baby. They have been found to boost fertility by increasing blood flow to the uterus, promoting uterine lining.
In men, Pomegranate consumption may help improve sperm quality and erectile dysfunction (Journal of Urology 2005). In research it has also been discovered that Pomegranate juice may help improve sexual performance and thus fertility. Consumption of pomegranate juice also improves sperm quality, according to research by G. Turk, published in “Clinical Nutrition” in 2008 Pomegranates can be enjoyed in the form of a juice or seeds and so are great to enjoy as a drink with ice or sprinkled over salads. Drinking 8oz of 100% pomegranate juice per day of your cycle is thought to help give fertility a boost. This amount also contains a good amount of folic acid!
Important to know!
Pomegranate can interact with some statin drugs used for high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as some blood thinners so always check with your G.P if you are taking any medication for these conditions.