Lycopene Information and Facts

Lycopene is a member of the carotenoid family. Similar to other carotenoids, lycopene is a naturally occurring fat-soluble red pigment found in plants (algae) and microorganisms (bacteria) where it functions as a light-gathering pigment that offers protection against the sun's rays and oxygen.

Lycopene Health Benefits and Medical Indications

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may possess many undiscovered health benefits.

Noteworthy, however, is that fact that European researchers have shown a statistically significant association between high dietary lycopene and an almost 50 reduction in the risk of heart disease. Preliminary studies have also shown that lycopene supplementation may boost immune function in the elderly.

Dosage and Administration

Lycopene supplements are available as oleoresin preparations, phospholipids preparations, and in oils such as medium chain triglycerides. Doses range from 5 to 15 milligrams daily. At this time no optimum dosage recommendation are known.

For more information on lycopene read Lycopene: An Antioxidant for Good Health.