Eating tomatoes can boost sperm quality, says study
supplement containing a compound from cooked tomatoes can improve the size and shape of sperm, according to a study. The study, published in ‘European Journal of Nutrition’, assessed the impact of giving men a dietary compound called LactoLycopene. The scientists, including those from the University of Sheffield in the UK, conducted the first ever double-blind randomised control trial for the drug — a clinical trial protocol to eliminate study bias in which neither the researchers nor the patients know what treatment individual subjects are getting. The research team discovered that the compound could increase the proportion of healthy shaped sperm, and boost ‘fast swimming’ sperm count by around 40%. Lycopene, found in some fruits and vegetables, particularly in tomatoes, is a pigment that gives them their red colour, the researchers said.