Lycopene is a red, fat-soluble pigment that belongs to the carotenoid family. Lycopene is the primary carotenoid found in the blood and tissues. It achieves high antioxidant activity and is commonly found in cell membranes. Lycopene has the ability to hunt down and fight off free radicals and singlet oxygen which can damage DNA. Lycopene also appears to hinder the oxidation of low density lipoproteins (LDL) as lycopene is transported through the blood, on LDL, and works as defense for the LDL. Lycopene is readily available to the system through the diet in fruits and vegetables.
The absorption and effectiveness of lycopene may be reduced when combined with cholestyramine, colestipol, or orlistat. However, when lycopene and beta-carotene are used together, there may be an increase in the absorption of lycopene.
There have been no reported side effects when taking lycopene. Please take in recommended dosage.
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