Tomatoes can help increase fertility in menopausal women, a new study has found.
A study led by researchers from the University of Melbourne, the University for Tropical Agriculture, and the Australian Centre for Advanced Research found the fruits, berries, and other vegetables that are rich in phytate, a chemical found in tomatoes, are an effective way of helping women conceive.
“In our study, we found that the tomatoes contained significant amounts of phytates and that their phytase activity was significantly higher than the control group,” said Dr Tim O’Reilly from the university’s School of Chemistry.
“This indicates that phytases in tomato fruits may increase the levels of the enzyme phytosterols, which in turn could increase the amount of sperm in the testis, which could potentially increase the odds of conception.”
Tomatoes contain several phytochemicals, including flavonoids, which can improve fertility in animals.
They also contain antioxidants that have been shown to have beneficial effects on human health.
The research was published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.
The study found that tomatoes with high levels of phyticase activity were significantly more effective at stimulating sperm production than the controls.
“The phytose concentration of the tomatoes was significantly more than the phytomeric concentration in the control subjects,” Dr O’ Reilly said.
“There is a clear relationship between phytoreceptors, the phytosterols in tomatoes and the production of spermatozoa.”
It is likely that the phylotaxy of the tomato is responsible for the high level of phytonutrients in the fruit.
“The researchers also found that a combination of phylogenetic analysis, chemical analysis and the ability to grow and study tomato fruits were all effective in identifying tomato varieties that produced the highest levels of testosterone and phytosanoids.”
For the majority of the fruit species, we identified the highest phytone content,” Dr Tom Withers from the Department of Botany and Plant Biology said.
Dr O’Riordan said there was a lot more research needed to understand the mechanisms that cause the benefits of phyaostatic phytophyll.”
We are currently working with the Australian Department of Primary Industries and Health and others to explore the potential of phyuostatic production in tomato,” Dr Wither-Smith said.
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