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2 Harmful Effects Of Fluted Pumpkin Leaf (Ugu) Lethal To Sperm Health

Harmful effects of fluted pumpkin leaf
Fluted pumpkin leaf

The harmful effects of fluted pumpkin leaf & seed on fertility is something that should be known by everyone because of its impact on male and female fertility. Fluted pumpkin leaves (Ugu) are very nutritious and incredibly beneficial to health in so many ways but without the knowledge of the harmful effects of fluted pumpkin Leaf on fertility, many will be affected.

Harmful effects of fluted pumpkin Leaf

Here is the downside of eating excess raw fluted pumpkin leaves.

1. Impairs functions of Testis

The function of the testis and other male gonadotropic variables, such as the manufacture of androgens needed to maintain reproduction and the creation of viable gametes needed for conception, are essential for male reproductive health and conception. However, research suggests that prolonged intake of fluted pumpkin leaf juice may have an anti-fertility effect and may weaken the function of the testis which is a major reproductive organ for males. [5]

2. Overdose can decrease sperm quality

A recent study also showed that raw fluted pumpkin juice taken in excessive doses had an immediate harmful impact. Research has also shown that, like the leaf, the fluted pumpkin seed can alter the functioning of the male gonads. According to rat research, two different dosages of seed oil showed that the low dose increased sperm count and motility, whereas the high dose decreased sperm count and motility in the animals throughout an 8-week therapy. This demonstrates that consuming the leaf or the seed is favorable to reproductive health unless an excessive amount is taken.


Today we’re going to discuss the health benefits, as well as harmful effects of fluted pumpkin leaf & seed on fertility because this vegetable is common and most people use it to cook meals. Take a look at the nutritional value of fluted pumpkin leaves.

Minerals in fluted pumpkin leaf

An old Study reveals that the Telfairia occidentalis (Fluted Pumpkin) leaf is a rich source of fertility-boosting vitamins and Minerals such as Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese, and Copper.[1]

Phytochemicals in fluted pumpkin

According to phytochemical screenings on the fluted pumpkin, the leaf shows the presence of Flavonoids, Alkaloids, Tannins, Saponins, and Phenolics. But others such as Steroids, Triterpenes, and Phylobatannins show negative in the analysis meaning not present. [2]

Botanical name

Telfairia occidentalis is the botanical name and it belongs to a family called Cucurbitaceae.

Geographical Distribution

Fluted pumpkin or fluted gourd is a tropical vine plant found in countries like Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and many other countries in both central and west Africa.


Despite the numerous health benefits of Fluted pumpkin leaves (juice extract) it still poses a threat to health if excessive intake of its raw extract (smoothies) is consumed. It can be toxic due to the presence of some phytochemical compounds that are high in concentration when eaten raw. It may equally impair the function of the male gonads when the excess dose is consumed.

Infertility is a very serious issue that affects millions of married couples around the world, and knowing the cause is a step away from the solution. This is why we at Africa Telegraph Post are dedicated to providing information regarding the impact of the foods we eat on our fertility and sexual lives.

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