Lycopene Information

Lycopene is a non-essential nutrient that is in the same family as beta-carotene and lutein. It is the substance that gives tomatoes and several other fruits their deep red color. Attention has been focused on lycopene for its potential use in preventing cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and for its potential immune boosting properties. Lycopene is a proven antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which may damage the body's cells. Research shows that lycopene in tomatoes can be absorbed more efficiently by the body if processed into juice, sauce, paste and ketchup. The chemical form of lycopene found in tomatoes is converted by the temperature changes involved in processing to make it more easily absorbed by the body. In the body, lycopene is deposited in the liver, lungs, prostate gland, colon and skin. Its concentration in body tissues tends to be higher than all other carotenoids. Epidemiological studies have shown that high intake of lycopene is inversely associated with the incidence of certain types of cancer.

Lycopene Benefits

  • May reduce the harmful effects of cholesterol, which in turn can decrease the risk of atherosclerosis
  • Lycopene deficiency is related to a higher risk of macular degeneration, an eye disorder that can lead to blindness
  • Strong inhibitor of prostate cancer, colon, cancer, and heart disease

Lycopene Notes

The Dietary Supplement Information Bureau recommends an average daily dosage of approximately 2 - 6 mg of Lycopene for optimal health. There are no known toxicities associated with this dietary supplement and is considered safe when used in accordance with proper dosing guidelines Tomatoes are by far the richest source of lycopene, a close relative of beta-carotene that appears to be a strong inhibitor of prostate cancer, colon cancer, and possibly heart disease. Cooking actually makes lycopene more absorbable, so tomato sauce, tomato paste, and tomato puree all are great ways to take in this nutrient.

Lycopene Products

  Brand & Product Name  Description  Retail 
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  Twinlab : Lycopene 
 30 softgels, 10 mg  $12.95   $8.95   More info Discontinued
  Twinlab : Lycopene 
 60 softgels, 10 mg  $24.95   $17.95   More info Discontinued
  Twinlab : Tomato Lycopene 
 60 softgels, 10 mg  $24.95   $17.95   More info 
  Twinlab : Tomato Lycopene 
 30 softgels, 10 mg  $13.95   $9.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Lycopene 
 60 softgels, 5 mg  $14.99   $10.95   More info 

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