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Eat­ing toma­toes can boost sperm qual­ity, says study

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

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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.

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