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Introduction to lycopene and plant sources
- Nov 13, 2018 -

Tomato lycopene, also known as lycopene, is a natural antioxidant with a yellow to red color range and high activity under liposoluble conditions. The main function is to qi and blood, spleen and stomach, strong heart and refresh, can also improve age-related macular degeneration. The higher the content of tomato in human plasma, the lower the incidence of cancer and coronary heart disease. At the same time, it also has anti-cancer and tumor-inhibiting effects, and has a special effect on the treatment of prostatitis.

Lycopene was first obtained from tomato, a kind of carotenoid, which exists in nature as a natural pigment. Lycopene has a wide distribution in the plant kingdom, mainly in the fruits of tomato, watermelon, grape, grapefruit, papaya, guava, pumpkin, plum, persimmon, pepper, strawberry, etc. The roots of broccoli are high in tomato and tomato products. The content of mature red plant fruits is higher, the content in tomato fruit can be as high as 3~14mg per 100g, and it increases with the increase of fruit maturity; while the content of other vegetables and fruits is very low. Humans cannot synthesize lycopene, which can only be ingested through diet. It is one of the main sources of carotenoids in human diet. After lycopene absorption, it can be widely distributed in various organs and tissues of the human body, including blood and prostate. The adrenal gland, liver and testicles are more abundant.

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