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LYCOPENE AND IT’S IMPORTANCE IN TREATING VARIOUS DISEASES IN HUMANS

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Author(s): Madhava Reddy A | David Banji | Otilia J F Banji | Kumar K | Mandava Ragini

Journal: International Research Journal of Pharmacy
ISSN 2230-8407

Volume: 2;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Lycopene | Carotenoids | Chronic Diseases | antigenotoxicity.

ABSTRACT
Lycopene is present in many fruits and vegetables, with tomatoes and processed tomato products being among the richest sources. This review highlights the scientific documentation of lycopene as a therapeutic agent. Lycopene may alleviate chronic diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease. Lycopene has also been found effective in the treatment of eye diseases, male infertility, inflammation, and osteoporosis. Experimental, clinical, and epidemiological studies have also established its role in the management of diabetes and hepatoprotection. Uses of lycopene have been studied extensively through epidemiological and biochemical investigations of its properties and its bioavailability from tomato-based diets. No adverse events have been reported in association with the consumption of lycopene-containing foods.
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