A REVIEW ON TOMATO LYCOPENEAbstract
Lycopene, a non-provitamin a carotenoid, found in tomatoes, processed tomato products and other fruits, due to which red to pink coloration is observed. Among all the dietary carotenoids, lycopene is one of the most potent naturally and abundantly occurring antioxidant. Lycopene has unique structural features and chemical features which contribute to specific biological properties and pharmacological activities. The antioxidant potential of lycopene may be responsible for its associated health benefits. Dietary consumption of tomatoes and tomato products rich in lycopene are reported to be associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases, like cancer and various cardiovascular diseases. Further investigations will be required to understand and evaluate mechanism whereby lycopene and its metabolites are proven to possess biological activities in human. This review summarizes the current understanding of lycopene with respect to its role in human health and prevention of various diseases.
N. Mehta*, P. Patani and I. Singhvi
Arihant School of Pharmacy and Bioresearch Institute, Adalaj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
08 July, 2017
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