Can the pomegranate fruit boost women’s libido? A new study suggests that use of a pomegranate extract being marketed under the name of Estragranate may be instrumental in increasing women’s libido.
As women enter their premenopausal and menopausal years, it’s not uncommon for them to experience hormonally mediated changes in sex drive. With estrogen and progesterone levels falling, sexual desire can dwindle also. Up until now there hasn’t been a “Viagra” for women. The company marketing Estragranate pomegranate supplement hopes to change that.
Estragranate is made by a special process that combines pomegranate seed, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate extracts in such a way that the antioxidants are made more bioavailable to the body. Estragranate is also a source of natural phytoestrogens, substances which have weak estrogen like effects on tissues in the body. It’s these natural phytoestrogens which appear to have the power to boost women’s libido by exerting mild estrogenic effects.
Is Estragranate safe? Phytoestrogen use even natural ones have not been without controversy. There’s been much debate as to whether the phytoestrogens found in soy products may actually have a harmful effect on the body by stimulating breast tissue and possibly increasing the risk of breast cancer. The developers of Estragranate claim that the phytoestrogens in Estragranate are similar to the natural hormones produced by the human body unlike those found in soy and other phytoestrogenic plants and herbs. Some studies have suggested that pomegranate extracts can actually inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Indeed, recent studies have shown the components of pomegranate inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells in mice.
Is Estragranate effective as a libido booster for women? Preliminary testing on a limited group of women has shown promising results. After taking the pomegranate supplement for a period of three to four weeks, Estragranate appeared to be effective in increasing women’s libido. Although this anecdotal evidence is encouraging, more extensive clinical testing and trials on larger groups of women will be needed to confirm its true effectiveness as a libido booster for women.
If studies support the use of pomegranate supplements as aid to increasing women’s libido, this natural produce could be a beneficial adjunct to a woman’s total health plan. With studies suggesting that pomegranate extracts may lower the risk of certain types of cancer, it would be a safe and natural way to offset some of the negative aspects of menopause such as loss of sexual interest.
Would drinking pomegranate juice and eating the fruit give a similar boost to women’s libido? You would likely have to consume a large quantity of the fruit or juice to get the libido boosting effect seen with the supplement. This would expose you to a rather large sugar load which might not be beneficial for overall health.
Will future studies support the use of Estragranate as a libido booster for women? Only time will tell.