Lycopene for Heart Health
FOOD & NUTRITION
Lycopene has been linked to cardiovascular benefits and promoting healthy cholesterol levels.
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) per Day
• Although no RDA is established, several studies suggested that 6‑12 mg is an
• Tomato‑based products, such as ketchup, tomato paste and tomato juice
• Pink grapefruit
Problems associated with deficiency
Potential benefits at recommended levels
• A diet rich in Lycopene may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer
• May reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
• May help reduce high cholesterol levels
Potential benefits under investigation
• Ongoing early studies suggest that Lycopene is associated with reduced risk of
macular degeneration disease, serum lipid oxidation and cancers of the lung,
bladder, cervix and skin
Tolerability and special considerations
• No known reports of side effects for Lycopene
• Although supplemental Lycopene is likely to be safe during pregnancy and
lactation, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be encouraged to get
almost all of their Lycopene from their diet
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