Lycopene is an antioxidant obtained as a natural extract from Solanum lycopersicum.
It is a carotenoid that protects the body against free radical damage and contributes to the improvement of autoimmune function. Pumpkin seed oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids as well as key nutrients such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Lycopene is an antioxidant with anti-tumor effects in prostate, breast, bladder, pancreas, lungs and skin, in cervical, ovarian, uterine, intestinal cancer.
Lycopene reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction incidence decreases by 20-50%. The administration of lycopene gives high hopes for preventing neoplastic and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Do not forget that lycopene is the most important representative of the carotenoid family.
Research on macular degeneration in older persons proved the important protective role of lutein (5-6 mg / day for 6 months lutein reduces the incidence of macular degeneration by 43%). Antioxidant effect of lutein occurs not only at the level of the visual system, but also at the level of other organs, and in some metabolic chains, it can be used with good results by all those who were recommended consumption of antioxidants, for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, etc. In the eye, the effect of lutein is amplified by lycopine, with special consequences in terms of slowing down or stopping macular degeneration.
Lycopene is characterized by a high antioxidant capacity that inactivate singlet oxygen, hydroxyl radicals and the hydrogen peroxide.
Source: Riso et al., 1999
The ability of Lycopene to inactivate singlet oxygen is two times higher than that of beta-carotene and 10 times higher compared to alpha-tocopherol antioxidant capacity.
Source: Agarwal et al., 2000
Many studies, both epidemiological and on animal models have demonstrated that dietary supplementation with lycopene reduced the risk of various cancers, such as oral cavity, esophagus, colon, breast and prostate cancer.
Source: Kim et al ., 2000
Lycopene lowers the levels of cholesterol in the liver tissue through the inhibition of HMG-reductase (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-reductase), the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of cholesterol.
Source: Fuhramn et al., 1997
Cancer and other chronic diseases are related to oxidative stress; Antioxidants protect against damages caused by free radicals. In vitro studies indicate that lycopene has the highest antioxidant activity of all the carotenoids.
ycopene has the ability to inhibit the oxidation of DNA, lipid peroxidation and inhibits LDL cholesterol oxidation.
An analysis of 72 clinical trials resulted in 57 cases of reverse ratios between Lycopene levels in blood and various cancers; 35 of these reports were significant. The evidence of the protective effects of Lycopene was highest for prostate cancer, lung and stomach.
Numerous in vitro and animal studies have also reported results suggesting effects that could help prevent or ameliorate cardiovascular disease, in particular by restoring epithelial tissue recovery process in arteries.