Can tomatoes increase fertility in men?
A leading group of scientists has launched a year-long survey to see if a daily high-lycopene supplement will lead to more pregnancies.
“We are very keen to do an observational study in order to see if we can help men. There is an assumption that infertility is a female issue, but half the time it is down to problems with sperm function or quality”, said Karen Veness, a spokeswoman for Britain’s Infertility Network.
The report, which was published by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, reviewed 12 studies by different groups around the world. All of them showed that lycopene improved sperm count and swimming speed, and reduced the number of abnormal sperm.
Other studies have shown that lycopene reduces diseases of the prostate and may slow down or even prevent the progress of prostate cancer.
The research team has already begun a trial giving lycopene supplements to men with unexplained infertility and the results will be announced next year.