Did you know consuming neem leaves can lead to male infertility?

Here's why men should think twice before drinking a glass of neem juice.

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If you are a diabetic or are on a detox diet, the first thing that comes to the mind is to drink a glass of neem juice early in the morning. Well, there are numerous benefits of drinking a glass of neem juice the first thing in the morning; it also has some side-effects that are not much talked about. And one of the most serious yet unknown side-effects of neem leaves extract is its effect on male fertility. So if you have been drinking this medicinal potion every day, here is what you need to know about neem leaves and its anti-fertility effect. Read about foods to boost fertility in men and women.

How does it affect male fertility?

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A 2003 study published in the Journal Contraception [1] has revealed that aqueous extract of neem leaves has spermicidal activity at a dose of 3-mg and more consumed per day. According to the study, aqueous extract of old and tender neem leaves not only immobilised the sperms but also killed 100% of human spermatozoa within 20 seconds. It further revealed that the minimum effective spermicidal concentrations of neem leaves are less than 2.9 mg/million sperms. Moreover, the leaf extracts didn t show any effect on the morphology of the sperms. Also, read about these things can make you infertile!

How much is too much?

Well, as per the study one should consume less than 2 mg of neem leaves per day. And if you are planning to consume neem leaves, consult your doctor about the same. Also, avoid drinking neem juice on a daily basis as it might impair your sexual health and lead to infertility if consumed in excess. If you are on a weight loss or detox diet, then consult this with your dietician. Also, make sure you dilute it with water before drinking to lower the concentration of the spermicidal compounds present in neem leaves. Here are things that can lower your sperm count and lead to infertility.


Khillare B, Shrivastav TG. Spermicidal activity of Azadirachta indica (neem)leaf extract. Contraception. 2003 Sep;68(3):225-9. PubMed PMID: 14561544.

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