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Lycopene

Also indexed as:Carotenoid (Lycopene)
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Lycopene, found primarily in tomatoes, is a member of the carotenoid family—which includes beta-carotene and similar compounds found naturally in food—and has potent antioxidant capabilities.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Asthma
30 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, helps reduce exercise-related asthma attacks.
Sunburn
Take 6 mg daily from a tomato extract during periods of high sun exposure2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have shown lycopene to be helpful in protecting the skin from sunburn.
Atherosclerosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The carotenoid lycopene, present in high amounts in tomatoes, may help prevent atherosclerosis.
Immune Function
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Large amounts of the carotenoid lycopene have been shown to increase the activity of natural killer cells in the elderly.
Prostate Cancer
4 mg twice per day1 star[1 star]
In a preliminary trial, supplementing with lycopene reduced the incidence of prostate cancer in men with precancerous changes in their prostate glands.

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