Benefits of Lycopene

Peppe Terra is enriched with the wonder ingredient Lycopene!

Did you know that your Peppe Terra is enriched with the wonder ingredient LYCOPENE!!!

Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment, found in tomatoes and other red fruits, like watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit and pink guava. Its name is derived from the tomato's species classification, Solanum lycopersicum.

In the European diet, however, more than 90% of the lycopene intake comes from tomatoes and tomato based products.

Lycopene and other antioxidants are present in the red, ripe, tomatoes. Lycopene is the most common carotenoid in the human body and is one of the most potent carotenoid antioxidants. Weather, soil, varieties, and agricultural practices all have an effect on the content of lycopene and other carotenoids in the fresh tomato and processing and storage conditions also affect the lycopene content in the final product as well as its bioavailability.

As a powerful antioxidant, lycopene helps neutralize harmful free radicals, which are implicated in cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration and other age-related illnesses. The evidence for a benefit was strongest for cancers of the prostate, lung, and stomach. Data were also suggestive of a benefit for cancers of the pancreas, colon and rectum, esophagus, oral cavity, breast, and cervix.

A review of 72 different studies showed consistently that the more tomatoes and tomato products people eat, the lower their risks of many different kinds of cancer. In a notable Harvard study of nearly 48,000 men, for example, those who ate more than two servings of tomato sauce a week were up to 36% less likely to develop prostate cancer over a 12-year period than men who ate less than one serving a month.

As stated, diets rich in lycopene may also be heart-protective. In the latest Harvard study of more than 28,000 women, those with the highest blood lycopene levels were about half as likely to develop heart disease over five years as women with the lowest levels. Research also suggests that lycopene may aid blood pressure and bone health.

Lycopene is generally considered safe, non-toxic, and consumption is usually without side effects. Scientific evidence for lycopene use in pregnancy is not available; however, no adverse events have been reported in association with the consumption of lycopene-containing foods during pregnancy.

Supplements of lycopene, sourced from tomatoes, may be as effective as statins in reducing the formation of plaques in the arteries that cause atherosclerosis, says a new study. If the results of the study, published in the journal Nutrition, can be repeated in humans, they will add to a significant body of research supporting the potential heart health benefits of lycopene.

As a case in point, EU states are witnessing an alarming epidemic increase in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic obesity with proportional cost increases and demands on health systems. CVD alone is estimated to cost the EU 170 Billion per year. Improving health and lowering disease risk through preventative nutritional education is the only credible way to treat this critical issue.

Therefore, EU has funded an Integrated Project, LYCOCARD which investigates the role of Lycopene in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, so as to adopt a "total food chain" approach by addressing each link in a "farm to fork" procedure for incorporating Lycopene in the overall diet and health regimen in EU.

Peppe Terra due to its fresh ingredients, superior production technology and innovative packaging – maintains its high content of Lycopene, the wonder ingredient with almost magical health benefits.

In brief, few of the scientifically researched benefits of Lycopene are mentioned below.

  • Prevents Cancer, especially prostate cancer, mouth cancer, and others.
  • Improves Skin tone.
  • Guards against pre-mature aging of the skin.
  • Helps with problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular system issues and diseases.
  • May prevent osteoporosis.
  • Can assist with fertility problems in men.