Frequent consumption of green tea slows down fertility, says study

Frequent consumption of green tea slows down fertility, says study

A study by the University of California has observed that high consumption of green tea slows down fertility. Read on to know more

If you are reading this article, then it’s probably because you are also a green lover and are now rethinking its frequent consumption. At least that’s the reaction a team of experts from the University of California, Irvine, US, are generating with their new study.

According to their new study, the frequent consumption of green tea slows down fertility. This observation is based on an experiment they conducted on fruit flies. Here, the experts investigated the effects of green tea toxicity on the development and reproduction in fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.

The study observed that high dose of green tea or any other food item or natural product that is a nutraceutical is largely unregulated and therefore, affects fertility.

Mahtab Jafari, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, conducted the study along with her colleagues. She said that although further studies are needed to make definite recommendations of the amount of consumption of green tea, green tea should be consumed in moderation.

The Experiment

Jafari and her colleagues subjected embryos and larvae of fruit flies to various doses of green tea polyphenols. Exposed to 10mg of green tea, the larvae displayed slower development, were born smaller and exhibited dramatic decline in the number of off spring.

The study also observed that the 10mg green tea made the flies more susceptible to heat stress and starvation, but protected them from dehydration. The female offspring displayed decreased reproductive output and about 17 percent reduced lifespan.

On the other hand, the male off spring were unaffected but caused morphological abnormalities in reproductive organs like testicular and ovarian atrophy.

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Deepshikha Punj

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