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Do Tomatoes Affect Sperm Quality?

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Researchers are trying to find out whether lycopene can enhance the sperm quality and sperm count as well. If there is a link between tomatoes and sperm quality, then it could really help men.

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In the past, many studies have proved that lycopene can do a good job in enhancing sperm count up to 70%. Lycopene is an antioxidant present in tomatoes. Now, studies are more focused on whether the same substance can boost the quality of the sperm.

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Researchers want to primarily know whether lycopene prevents DNA damage. Currently, studies are being done on scores of men who are actually divided into two groups.

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One of the groups would be given lycopene supplements for a particular period of time and the other group would be offered a placebo instead of a supplement.

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After a few months, the samples of sperm will be collected and analysed. This study isn't still over and the findings are not yet disclosed. But if researchers find out a link between lycopene and sperm quality then men will have more reasons than one to eat tomatoes regularly!

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Story first published: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 16:10 [IST]
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