A new study has been launched in the UK to further investigate the significance of a nutrient found in tomatoes to boost male fertility after an Indian-American scientist showed that lycopene supplementation could raise sperm count by up to 70%.
In a 12-week trial, scientists at the University of Sheffield are trying to find if raising blood lycopene, the red pigment compound found in tomatoes, improves sperm quality.
Studies have already proved that lycopene can boost sperm count by up to 70% as well as conferring other benefits on the male reproductive system.
It is estimated that one in six couples are unable to conceive and in about half of cases the problem is caused by poor sperm quality. “The study will tell us if lycopene improves quality of sperm already in development by reducing DNA damage, and whether it produces an overall increase in the number of mature sperm produced overall,” Allan Pacey , professor of Andrology.