BEWARE!! Eating Too Much Okra Can Lead To Infertility In Men - Medical Expert Warns Men

Published On: July 31, 2017, 11:36 am (3 years ago)
Author: CLARA JANCITA

Okra, though very nutritious, can lead to infertility in men of reproductive age, Dr Ochuko Erikainure, a Senior Research Officer at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos, has warned. Erukainure, also a nutritionist and biochemist, gave the warning on Saturdayin an interview in Lagos.

According to him, too much consumption of okra, especially its seeds can lead to infertility in men of reproductive age. An online publication says Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as lady’s fingers, is a flowering plant in the mallow family.
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“Okra is an annual herb that is widely cultivated for its edible green seed pods in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates. “Okra is a hardy plant that can grow even with less water and in hot conditions.’’


Erukainure said that okra has a unique substance called “GOSSYPOL”.
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“Gossypol inhibits sperm production and motility by blocking several enzymes that are highly important in energy metabolism in sperm and sperm producing cells.
“Okra seeds are very rich in toxic pigment called Gossypol which promote infertility in men by arresting sperm production (spermatogenesis) even at lower dose. “Gossypol are oil soluble and natural polyphenol secreted by plants as a defence against predators,’’
he said.

The senior researcher said that in some countries, okra seeds were, however, used for natural contraceptive for men.
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“Due to proapoptotic activities in okra seeds (it means killing of cells), gossypol is still under investigation as a possible anticancer agent,”
he said.

The nutritionist said that in spite of its effects in men, consumption of okra could be of health benefits to the diabetes, obesity or overweight people.
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“Okra is very high in dietary fibres, reduce calories intakes into the body, ability to limit nitric oxide build up in the blood and lipid (fat) and reduces the risks of cancers. “Okra is an African vegetable that has been a staple of African and Indian cuisine for many years, and also used for medicinal purposes.
“The health benefits of okra can be attributed to its nutritional and phytochemical constituents making it a vital crop. “One hundred grammes of okra has been reported to meet over 20 per cent of the daily values which the body needs.
“It contains a rare combination of carbohydrates, vegetables, minerals and vitamins.
“Not less than 10 different vitamins and minerals can be found in okra such as vitamin A, which is great for the skin, vitamin C and E which prevent cell damage in the body,’’
he said.

Erukainure said because
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“okra is high in fibre, it has positive impact on digestive system which assist with gastrointestinal difficulties.
“Including okra in our daily diet along with physical healthy exercise routine will prevent and treat diabetes, meaning that okra plant contributes to a more active lifestyle”.


Erukainure said that okra has been identified to have insulin-like activity in experimented animals.
“It is also a potent anti-diabetic source, which can be attributed to its chemical constituents,’’ he said.



Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 11:36 AM | Hero
He is talking Rubbish
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 11:51 AM | Newbie
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Fake and quack doctor. Okro or Okra? Well, i saw this post on a facebook page and i was very happy the way people reacted on it..
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 12:14 PM | Newbie
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So Shocking.Why Okra?Okra Of All Soup?Why!Why!Why...And I Just Ate It Yesterday.Even Hoping To Eat More.So Shocking.Shockingly Hopeless.
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 12:18 PM | Gistmaniac
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gogoman over to you!
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 12:30 PM | Hero
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I' m very sure that Gogoman himself is confused because he like okra abi okro so much...

Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 12:46 PM | Newbie
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Wetin person go chop again Huh? Una say egg no good, red meat no good, cow milk no good, now okra no good. Very soon na only water person go drink.
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 03:26 PM | Gistmaniac
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This research is 60% true...This I know in early 80s my late father said a young married couple should stay away from Okra.
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 03:46 PM | Upcoming
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This doctor have maggot in his head. Okra is my best soup since I was born and iam married with 6 children: 4 boys and 2 girls...thanks to Okra.
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 03:46 PM | Upcoming
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I don't believe dem, i dey chop okra well well nothing happen
Posted: (3 years ago) at 31-07-2017 04:06 PM | Addicted Hero
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who we go ask
Posted: (3 years ago) at 2-08-2017 01:00 PM | Gistmaniac
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story....
Posted: (3 years ago) at 2-08-2017 01:00 PM | Gistmaniac
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who cares
Posted: (3 years ago) at 2-08-2017 01:00 PM | Gistmaniac
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who cares
Posted: (3 years ago) at 2-08-2017 01:01 PM | Gistmaniac
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i thought they said okro can cause low sperm count
Posted: (3 years ago) at 2-08-2017 01:01 PM | Gistmaniac
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