Lycopene is a carotenoid that is mainly found in tomatoes products and other
fruits. Out of all the dietary carotenoids, it is the most potent carotenoid quenchers of singlet
oxygen. Literature suggested that dietary intake of tomatoes and tomato products containing
Lycopene has been associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases. Lycopene is also reported
to be a potent hypocholesterolemic agent, antiatherosclerotic, and anti-cancerous. It is
useful in the treatment of osteoporosis, dermatology and dental hygiene. It also exhibits antiinflammatory
and anticoagulant activity. The antioxidant property of Lycopene is thought to
be primarily responsible for its beneficial effects. This review showed the understanding and
possible pharmacological action of Lycopene in human health and disease prevention.
Keywords: Lycopene, oxidative stress, carotenoid, inflammation, chronic diseases, anti-cancerous.
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