Image copyright Getty Images Lycopene – a nutrient found in tomatoes-may increase sperm quality, a study has recommended. Healthy males who took the equivalent of two tablespoons of (concentrated) tomato puree a day as a supplement were discovered to have better quality sperm.
Male infertility affects up to half of couples who can not develop.
Fertility professionals stated more studies were needed involving guys understood to have fertility problems.
NHS guidance for guys experiencing fertility problems currently recommends they adopt a healthy way of life and use loose-fitting underwear.
It likewise suggests decreasing tension as much as possible and guaranteeing they have routine sex around the time their partner ovulates to increase the opportunities of conception.
The concept that specific nutrients could enhance male fertility has actually been gaining ground for some time.
Lycopene, like vitamin E and zinc which have been the focus of previous research study, is an antioxidant which implies it prevents oxidation in cells, and therefore damage.
It has actually been connected to other health advantages, including decreasing the threat of heart problem and some cancers.
Image copyright Getty Images The Sheffield team say they utilized a supplement because lycopene in food can be harder for the body to soak up therefore they could be confident each man received the same amount each day.
The guys would have required to eat 2kg of cooked tomatoes each day to get the comparable dose of lycopene.
In the 12-week trial, which was partly funded by the business that makes the supplement, 60 males were arbitrarily selected to take 14 milligrams of lycopene daily or a dummy pill.
Their sperm was tested at the start, at 6 weeks and at the end of the research study, and while there was no difference in sperm concentration, the proportion of healthy-shaped sperm and motility – how fast sperm can “swim” – was greater in those taking lycopene.
Dr Liz Williams, an expert in human nutrition at the University of Sheffield, who led the research study which was published in the European Journal of Nutrition, said: “At the moment, there is extremely little recommendations we can provide to men.
“We inform them to reduce alcohol consumption and eat a healthy diet plan – however these are extremely general messages.”
She included: “This was a small study and we do require to repeat the operate in larger trials, however the outcomes are very motivating.
“The next step is to duplicate the workout in guys with fertility issues and see if lycopene can increase sperm quality for those men and whether it assists couples conceive and avoid invasive fertility treatments.”
Andrew Drakeley, scientific director at Liverpool Women’s Hospital’s Hewitt Fertility Centre, stated: “Optimising the health of the subfertile couple, both male and female can often prevent the need for intrusive and pricey fertility treatment.”
He stated: “Further work in a subfertile population, demonstrating improved fecundity is required prior to the treatment can be advised.”
Gwenda Burns, of the charity Fertility Network, added: “Although in the extremely early phases, this study provides wish for enhancement of sperm quality and a greater understanding of male fertility in the future.”