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ly·co·pene

(lī'kō-pēn),
Ψ,Ψ-Carotene; the characteristic red pigment of the tomato that may be considered chemically as the parent substance from which all natural carotenoid pigments are derived; an unsaturated hydrocarbon made up of eight isoprene units, two of them hydrogenated, with 11 conjugated double bonds.

lycopene

/ly·co·pene/ (li´ko-pēn) the red carotenoid pigment of tomatoes and various berries and fruits.

lycopene

(lī′kə-pēn′)
n.
A red carotenoid pigment, C40H56, found in plants such as tomatoes, watermelons, and papayas, and present in the blood and certain tissues of animals. It is used as a food coloring.

lycopene

[lī′kəpēn]
Etymology: Gk, lykopersikon, tomato
a red crystalline unsaturated hydrocarbon that is the carotenoid pigment in tomatoes and various berries and fruits. It is considered the primary substance from which all natural carotenoid pigments are derived. Numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-containing foods with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.

lycopene

A carotenoid that is abundant in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit and red peppers, and is a potent antioxidant. Lycopene consumption is linked to a reduced risk of pancreatic, prostate, bladder, colon and cervical cancers and cancer cell growth in vitro; some data suggest that lycopene may be the most cardioprotective carotenoid.

ly·co·pene

(lī'kō-pēn)
The red pigment of the tomato; the parent substance from which all natural carotenoid pigments are derived.

lycopene

A carotenoid antioxidant pigment occurring in ripe fruit especially tomatoes. The colour of tomatoes is due to lycopene. Organic tomato ketchup is a fruitful source. The substance has been shown to be protective against breast, pancreatic, prostatic and colonic cancer.

lycopene (līˑ·kō·pēn),

n a carotenoid pigment and an antioxidant that is present in tomatoes (concentrated in processed products like tomato paste and sauce), guavas, watermelons, and grapefruit. May have preventive effects against prostate, lung, colon, and breast cancer; also reduce the risks of cataracts and macular degeneration.
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Unfortunately, natural colors such as lycopene are susceptible to metal-promoted oxidative degradation that results in a loss of color, causing a decrease in product quality and shelf life.
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Various primary and secondary metabolites are also present in tomato along with many health-promoting compounds such as vitamin C, lycopene, carotenoids and AY-carotenoids.
One hundred patients were randomized to use capsule supplement contains lycopene and multivitamins (Lycored, lyco DM, licosule plus) once a day after meals for 12 months.
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Participants in the Cambridge study were given a pill containing a supplement called Ateronon that contains 7mg of lycopene.
The results showed that only lycopene was associated with a lower kidney cancer risk.
In the study, researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge University Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust demonstrate one mechanism by which they believe lycopene reduces the risk.
Other studies have found no link between lycopene and prostate cancer, possibly because lycopene may protect only against lethal cancers and not against the less harmful prostate cancers that many studies include.