Lycopene extract from tomatoes is obtained by ethyl acetate extraction of the pulp of ripe red tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) with subsequent removal of the solvent. The major colouring principle in tomato extract is lycopene; however, minor amounts of other carotenoid pigments may also be present.
Tomato skins can be a viable source of lycopene. Industrial production of lycopene extract from tomatoes appears to be in high demand by food companies for the development of functional foods. Majority of companies that are into the business of manufacturing fruit extracts, prefer conventional solvent extraction method. Solvent extraction is extremely efficient with carotenoids (lycopene and β-carotene) with a total of carotenoids recovery of 96%.
Lycopersicon esculentum Miller
Place of Origin
Cas No. 502-65-8
Lycopene 5% 10%
Pharmaceuticals; Cosmetics and food manufacturing
1.Lycopene and Cancer
While more research is needed, previous studies have made a connection between lycopene and cancer prevention. Because of its antioxidant profile, lycopene may stop cancer growth and build up enzymes in the body that help break down cancer-causing agents.
While there’s been no recorded proof that lycopene can treat cancer, it has been linked to one of the factors that can help reduce cancer risk, specifically breast, lung, and prostate cancers.
It’s important to also note that cancer prevention has been shown to increase with all fruit and vegetable consumption—not just ones with lycopene.
Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that in addition to its antioxidant properties, lycopene extract may have the ability to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels. There may also be a connection to those who have higher amounts of lycopene in their tissues and a lower risk of heart attack, blocked or clogged arteries, lower blood pressure, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Other Health Benefits
While cancer prevention and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease are among two of the largest potential benefits of lycopene, the carotenoid may have additional benefits should someone have a high-lycopene diet.
A study published in the journal Neurology found that lycopene may help prevent strokes, particularly strokes caused by blood clots. Researchers think this is due to the fact that lycopene extract powder improves cholesterol levels in addition to reducing inflammation, two factors that can contribute to a stroke.
Lycopene along with other carotenoids may also protect against UV damage caused by the sun. It's important to note, however, that lycopene does not (and should not) substitute as a replacement for SPF.
Lycopene Extract Application
1) Applied in food field, it is mainly used as food additives for colorant and health care;
2) Applied in cosmetic field, it is mainly used to whitening, anti-wrinkle and UV protection;
3) Applied in pharmaceutical field, it is made into capsule to prevent cancer.
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