treats Atherosclerosis, Ovarian cancer, Infertility, Coronary artery disease, High blood pressure associated with pregnancy, Lung function after exercise, Immune stimulation, Gastrointestinal tract and colorectal cancer prevention, Sun protection, High blood pressure, Lung cancer prevention, Benign prostate hyperplasia, Eye disorders, Kidney disease, Gingivitis, Prostate cancer, Asthma caused by exercise, Cervical cancer prevention, Cancer prevention, Breast cancer prevention, and Antioxidant
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Adults (18 years and older)
There is no proven effective medicinal dose of lycopene or lycopene- rich vegetables. A common dosing range is 2- 30 milligrams of lycopene taken daily by mouth for up to six months. Commercially available products such as Lyc- O- Mato® and Lyco- O- Pen® have been studied for various conditions as have lycopene oleoresin capsules.
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is not enough scientific evidence to recommend the use of lycopene supplements in children.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
Avoid lycopene in individuals with a known allergy/ hypersensitivity to lycopene or tomatoes.
Side Effects and Warnings
The safety of lycopene supplements has not been thoroughly studied. Review of available scientific literature finds tomatoes, tomato- based products, and lycopene supplements generally well tolerated. However, rare reports of diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain or cramps, gas, vomiting, and loss of appetite have been reported. Tomatoes and tomato- based products may be acidic and irritate stomach ulcers. Lycopene has been associated with death from a cancer- related hemorrhage, although causality is unclear.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
There is not enough scientific research to recommend the use of lycopene supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Amounts of lycopene found in foods are usually assumed to be safe. Tomato consumption has been shown to increase lycopene concentrations in breast milk and plasma of breastfeeding women.