LET'S GO DEEPER
Skin is our largest organ. As we grow older it requires more upkeep to maintain its softness, radiance, and resilience. However, there is a positive association between antioxidant levels in skin and the perceived smoothness of the epidermis.7 Carotenoids like lycopene work hard from the inside out to keep skin looking and feeling healthy.
Darvin M, Eur J. Pharm and Biopharm, 2008
In a 12-week single blind, randomized clinical trial, tomato extract protected the skin from UV induced erythema.
Aust O, et.al. 2005. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 75(1):54-60
Lycopene-rich tomato paste has also been shown to mitigate UV radiation-induced elevation in procollagen (pC)-I deposition and reduction in matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1)
Rizwan, M et al Br.J.Dermatol. 2011;164(1):154-162.
FIND YOUR RHYTHM AND KEEP IT STEADY
Cardiovascular wellness becomes an even higher priority as the years pass by. In middle-aged adults, lycopene has a positive impact on heart health. In a human study, lycopene levels increased after supplementation and correlated with a decrease in oxidized, low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) cholesterol.10 Additionally the Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of tomatoes and other plants high in phytonutrients, is thought to be a factor in supporting the health and longevity found in that part of the world as compared to Northern Europe and other Western countries.11
Engelhard, Y. N. et alAm Heart J 2006;151:100.
Paran, E et al. Cardiovasc.Drugs Ther. 2009;23(2):145-151
Agarwal, S., et al.
Tomato lycopene and low density lipoprotein oxidation: a human dietary intervention study. Lipids (1998): 981-984.
Mordente, A, et al.
Lycopene and cardiovascular diseases: an update. Curr Med Chem. (2011): 1146-1163.”
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Stage 1 hypertensive subjects
Stage 1 hypertensive subjects treated but uncontrolled
Pre-hypertensive, otherwise healthy subjects
GOOD TO THE BONE
Menopause can bring with it a host of symptoms as well as new health concerns. At an age when osteoporosis becomes more common, lycopene can help reduce risk for hip fracture in postmenopausal women. In one study, postmenopausal supplementation with lycopene showed reduced oxidative stress parameters as well as the bone resorption marker N-telopeptide of Type I collagen (NTx) which is linked to osteoporosis. In another study, postmenopausal women on a 30-day lycopene-restricted diet showed a 20% increase in plasma levels of NTx.
Sahni S et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2009
Post-menopausal women on a 30-days lycopene-restricted diet showed a 20% increase plasma levels of a marker of bone resorption (NTx).
Mackinnon ES et al, Osteoporos Int, 2011
Supplementation with the antioxidant lycopene significantly decreases oxidative stress parameters and the bone resorption marker N-telopeptide of type I collagen in postmenopausal women. Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism,
St. Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 1W8.
Lycopene consumption decreases oxidative stress and bone resorption markers in postmenopausal women. (2007): 109-115. doi:10.1007/s00198-006-0205-z
Lycopene and prostate health
Prostate health is a major area of concern for all aging men, and again our hero nutrient working synergistically with a-tocopherol has a role to play here. Lycopene supplementation was found to have an effect on maintaining prostate health associated with age.
Magbanua, M. J et al. PLoS.One. 2011;6(9):e24004
The largest blood-based study was the Physicians’ Health Study-
a nested case-control study using samples stored in 1982.
The baseline plasma lycopene level of cases was compared with that of age-matched prostate cancer-free controls.
A lower risk of prostate cancer, particularly for aggressive prostate cancer (RR = 0.56; 95% CI = 0.34–0.92) was found when comparing high with low quintile of plasma lycopene.
Gann PH et al. Cancer Res. 1999