Low sperm count and infertility in both men and women have been increasing yearly globally.
Here are list of herbs that men should avoid. These herbs has been proven to cause low sperm count, thereby affecting the fertility of men.
Apart from these herbs, certain factors have been known to affect sperm count. They include:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Exposure to radiations
- Certain medications
- High levels of pesticides
- Use of illegal drugs
Though experts claim taking these herbs in small quantity may be insignificant in affecting male fertility except they are consumed in large quantities.
Peppermint was able to curb the key male reproductive hormone, testosterone and enhance female reproductive hormones like Folice Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Leutinising Hormone (LH), in a study carried out on rats. While spearmint can increase female reproduction hormones, it reduces serum testosterone, sperm count and sperm mobility. So, men should avoid mint consumption, but women can take them.
Experts warns men to avoid consuming raw garlic because it reduces level of testosterone secretion and production of new sperm.
- Papaya seeds
Apart from pregnant women, raw papaya and its seeds should be avoided by men since it has the properties to induce sterility among men. Studies show that papaya seeds can act as a natural contraceptive for men.
Neem, popularly described as the king of herbs, contains lots of health benefits. However, it is not good for male fertility in large quantity.
- Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourd may be perfect for diabetic patients, but negatively impacts on male fertility. Bitter gourd are active sterility inducers among men and badly affect sperm count.
Clove can reduce sperm production when consumed in large quantity.
- Bilva Leaf or Bel Leaf
This leaf helps control testosterone levels, but reduces density and mobility of sperms in male rats. So, it should be avoided by men.
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