Lycopene (Tomato Extract)
Botanical Resource:. Lycopersicon esculentum Mill
Part of the Plant Used: Fruit
Active Ingredients: lycopene
Molecular formula: C40H56
Molecular weight: 536.88
CAS No.: 502-65-8
EC No.: 207-949-1
Appearance & Color: Deep red solid powder or oil
Solubility: Lycopene is insoluble in water, and can be dissolved only in organic solvents and oils.
Product Specification: 5%, 6%, 10%, 98% lycopene
Lycopene is a kind of carotene, as a powerful antioxidant abundant in red tomatoes and processed tomato products. Tomato products have the highest amounts of lycopene and ketchup, tomato juice, and pizza sauce are considered to be the highest sources of lycopene in an average diet for a person living in the United States, accounting for 80 percent of lycopene intake among the population. It is the elemental nutriment in human body with good physiological effect. Lycopene may help prevent prostate cancer and some other forms of cancer, heart disease, and other serious diseases. Ongoing preliminary research suggests that lycopene is associated with reduced risk of macular degenerative disease, serum lipid oxidation and cancers of the lung, bladder, cervix and skin. Studies are underway to investigate other potential benefits of lycopene - including the H.J. Heinz Company sponsored research at the University of Toronto and at the American Health Foundation. These studies will focus on lycopene's possible role in the fight against cancers of the digestive tract, breast and prostate cancer.
HPLC Chromatogram of Tomato Extract 98% Lycopene
Functional food and food additive
- Prostate cancer. Taking lycopene by mouth might slightly reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. It might also slightly reduce the risk of prostate cancer returning.
One of the biggest benefits of lycopene is that it is an antioxidant and protects the body of damage from free radical stress, which can hurt DNA and other cell structures.
There may also be a connection to those who have higher amounts of lycopene in their tissues and a lower risk of heart attack, blocked or clogged arteries, lower blood pressure, and other cardiovascular diseases.
There have also been mixed results in the epidemiological studies examining the association between lycopene and colorectal cancer risk. In a prospective cohort study of 3182 free-living subjects in rural Japan, higher serum levels of lycopene were significantly associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer mortality. However, a case-control study found that lycopene intake and plasma lycopene levels were not associated with colorectal cancer risk or survival in patients already diagnosed with cancer.
The antioxidant properties help balance free radical activity in the body and in doing so, may offer protection against certain diseases, keep bones strong and healthy, and help eyesight by helping delay or prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, and other age-related eye disorders.