Category Archives: Lycopene

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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Whole Food Diet: Improves Asthma

hole food diets containing high intakes of fruit, vegetables and whole grain cereals are beneficial to the health by protecting from major disease. This may be because of the antioxidants that plant foods contain, many of which are bioavailable in … Continue reading

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Lycopene Prevent Oxidative Stress

Carotenoids are yellow, red and orange pigments that accumulate in the chloroplasts of plants. Carotenoids play an important role in plant physiology, where that act to harvest light in the 400 to 500 nm range which aids the plant in … Continue reading

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Fruit and Vegetables for Improved Carotenoid Status

High plasma carotenoid concentrations are associated with reductions in the risk of developing certain cancers, and high concentrations of particular carotenoids in the retina of the eye can be protective of damaging radiation. However, many clinical studies looking at the … Continue reading

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