Okro, popularly called the “ladies finger” is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is very nutritious as it is highly rich in vitamins, carbohydrate, protein and water. Although, it is very nutritious, new studies have proven that it may be dangerous to men as it can cause infertility.
Okra has a distinctive substance called GOSSYPOL which inhibits sperm production and motility by blocking off several enzymes that are highly important in energy metabolism in sperm and sperm producing cells.
For years in China, Gossypol has been used as a male contraceptive. Clinical researches were conducted in regards the effectiveness of gossypol as a contraceptive in 1986 and 1990 in china and Brazil respectively.
The studies indicated that gossypol lowered the number and motility of sperms and made small percentage of men permanently infertile. Gossypol may also cause menstrual abnormality in women.
It has also been linked to hypokalemia and also damage to red blood cells leading to hemolytic anemia.
Okro in higher amount is not recommended in people with following conditions:
- Infertile men undergoing medical investigation and treatment
- Anemic people
- Women who complains of irregular menses.