AIIMS researchers Dr. Rajeev Kumar and Dr. N. P. Gupta had 30 infertile male patients, ages 23 to 45, take 2 mg oral lycopene twice daily for 3 months.
"Lycopene is one of the 650 carotenoids found in high concentrations in male testes and lower levels of lycopene are found in infertile males," Dr. Gupta
told Reuters Health.
The duration of infertility in these men had ranged from 1.2 to 20 years, according to the researchers.
"We found that improvement in sperm concentration and motility was statistically significant," Dr. Gupta
said in the interview with Reuters Health.
There were six pregnancies after the trial, he
"Oral lycopene therapy does seem to have a positive role in the management of infertility of unknown causes," Dr. Gupta