Benefits Of Lycopene
There are many benefits of lycopene including lycopene hplc, and is a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free radicals, especially ones derived from oxygen. Additional lycopene benefits are that it also reduces low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and reduces cholestoral levels in the blood. Further lycopene research suggests that it may reduce the chance of serum lipid oxidisation, macular degenerative disease and lung, cervix, bladder, prostate and skin cancer.
Oxygen derived free radicals are reactive electrochemically imbalanced molecules that cause permanent damage to cells. Lycopene is an anti-oxidant and combats these toxic free radicals by its singlet oxygen quenching ability which protects critical cells and bio molecules including lipids, DNA and proteins.
High concentrations of lycopene are said to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, increase sperm count and improve fertility in men. In women the risks of cervical cancer are reported to decrease when regularly consuming lycopene red vegetables, fruit or supplements. Lycopene is also said to be more powerful than lycopene selenium and beta carotene.
Early research both scientific and clinical has suggested lycopenes may help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. Lycopene has even been found to have an inhibitory effect on cataract development and some rare cancer cells. Lycopene benefits are wide and varied and although some claim anti-ageing effects, many claims are unproven. It is wise though to include lycopene vitamins in your balanced diet, just in case.
For a full list of benefits please see the attached lycopene pdf.