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Lycopene - Are You Getting Adequate Antioxidant From your Diet?

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Lycopene is a deep red carotenoid, carotene pigment present in the organs like prostate, liver, colon, lungs and even the skin. It is prevalently found to be present in red coloured veggie and fruit forms like tomato, carrot, papaya and watermelon.

Several research findings have corroborated that lycopene has antioxidant properties and might be the key to upholding ideal health. During later part of the eighties, when antioxidants in lycopene were found to be two folds that of beta-carotene, there was huge attention and several researches were initiated for probing its part in preventing cancer.

Lycopene and Your Health

With the identified antioxidant properties of lycopene, investigators have been researching and are still doing so regarding lycopene’s effects on overall health. Elucidated herewith are several of the noteworthy possibilities.

Antioxidant Advantage
A study based on rodent models indicated that lycopene similar to other carotenoid types might possess antioxidant properties. But it is still unclear whether lycopene has such effects on humans. Outcomes of several researches have contradicting outcomes and further studies are necessary prior to a concrete decision being made.

Cancer Deterrence
Populace study findings point towards the risk of certain types of cancer being lesser among individuals followed a dietetic intake rich in tomato-based items or with elevated lycopene levels in their blood. There is proof which strongly indicates that lycopene could shield the body against cancer affecting the lungs, prostate and stomach. Other mounting proofs indicate its role in shielding against cervical, breast, oral, pancreatic, esophageal, colon and rectal cancers.

Study outcomes have constantly accredited and dismissed lycopene’s effects in regards to shielding from prostate cancer. A trial that involved giving males at elevated risk of developing prostate cancer a regular multi-vitamin that did or did not have lycopene presence and observed no disparity in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in-between the duo sets. But, another small-scaled study done on individuals having prostate cancer observed that intake of lycopene supplement seemed to lower the swift development of prostate cancer cells. Several other research outcomes have duplicated both of the above results. Perceptibly, further studies are required however several investigators are sanguine.

CAD preclusion
Numerous study findings indicate that lycopene could be beneficial among atheroscleorosis patients or those with elevated cholesterol levels. A latest study found that lycopene intake (tomato ketchup, chewy capsular version and juiced form) by healthy individuals was found to cause a notable reduction in LDL cholesterol levels.

Male Infertility Treatment
A decade old Indian research finding that evaluated thirty males having idiopathic infertility observed that intake of two thousand microgms lycopene, two times a day for 3 months helped in improving sperm concentrations, motility and sperm form.

Recommended Lycopene Intake

Tomato is the ideal source of lycopene though apricot, watermelons, papayas, guavas and grapefruits are additionally good sources. Researches that evaluated lycopene presence in blood observed that their levels were more following intake of tomatoes (post-cooking) rather than uncooked tomatoes or the juiced version. This is indicative of the fact that lycopene is tomato products that undergo cooking - tomato sauces or pastas might have greater absorption by the body as compared to raw forms. Experts recommend a minimal quantity of oil/fats to be taken alongside tomato for facilitating better absorption by the intestines. Tomato sauce on pizza or pasta is an ideal choice.

In case one does decide to start using lycopene supplement, then the commonly advised dosages are two to thirty milligrams to be taken for up to 6 months.

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