Category Archives: Lycopene

Tomatoes: The Good and The Bad

Although most people consider them vegetables, tomatoes are actually the fruiting body of a plant belonging to the nightshade family. Tomatoes have been extensively researched for their health effects and found to be significantly beneficial. In particular, tomatoes have been … Continue reading

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Enrichment of Eggs With Lycopene

Eggs are a nutrient rich food that provides a broad spectrum of essential nutrients. This should be no surprise as eggs contain all the nutrients to grow a young chick. Although eggs are generally regarded as a healthy food, the … Continue reading

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Are Tomatoes Protective Of Mood Disorders

Tomatoes are a rich source of nutrients including phytochemical antioxidants. In particular, tomatoes are known to contain carotenoids, the most abundant being the red pigment lycopene. Lycopene has a number of health effects and this may relate to the fact … Continue reading

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The Lycopene Content of Eggs

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Tomato Sauce: Prostate Cancer Protection

Carotenoids, and their oxidised metabolites xanthophylls, are a heterogenous group of phytonutrients responsible for many of the orange, yellow and red colours found in plants. Examples of carotenoids include β-carotene and α-carotene in carrots and lycopene in tomatoes. Carotenoids are … Continue reading

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More Evidence of Biochemical Individuality: Lycopene

One size fits all nutritional advice is commonplace. Recommendations as to the amount of particular foods we require to obtain certain health outcomes is the norm. Individual biochemistry is nearly never taken into account when making these recommendations. Although government … Continue reading

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Antioxidants for the Eye: Xanthophylls

The human eye is an interesting design. The design of the eye is related to the function it must play in allowing vision in the presence of damaging ultraviolet light. In this regard, comparison to the octopus eye is interesting, … Continue reading

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Xanthophylls and Carotenoids as Antioxidants

Animals are chemotrophs, meaning that they obtain their energy from other organisms, ultimately plants. Animals therefore have no reason to expose themselves excessively to sunlight, which can be damaging when in excess. Animals can protect themselves from the damaging effects … Continue reading

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Should We Eat Raw Vegetables?

A high intake of vegetables is associated with improve health outcomes. The exact reason for this is not known, but may relate to the presence of biologically active phytochemicals in plant tissues. Many of these chemicals are secondary metabolites of … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Lycopene

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