The “hero” of our article is a red pigment capable of splitting fats. It belongs to the carotenoid family. They are responsible for our favorite shades of fruits, berries, vegetables, autumn leaves. Lycopene, for example, paints tomatoes in a rich red hue. But modern researchers have revealed another of his amazing property. Lycopene is a natural antioxidant that is very useful for the human body. In particular, it helps to resist the development of certain cancers, progression of cardiovascular pathologies. In more detail about properties, indications and contraindications to an element we will talk further.
What does the body need lycopene for? The answer lies in listing its useful properties:
- Suppression of pathogenic intestinal microflora.
- Normalization of appetite.
- Promoting weight loss.
- Normalization of cholesterol metabolism in the body.
- Fight against the causes of cardiovascular diseases.
- Antifungal, anti-inflammatory qualities.
- Prevention of liver disorders.
- Beneficial effect on the skin, capillary walls and blood vessels.
- Improving the quality of tanning and reducing the risk of sunburn.
- Activation of normal digestion.
- Normalization of alkaline, acid balance.
- Participation in the blood.
The distinctive properties of the element
What is lycopene for? First of all, to provide indispensable assistance to the human body:
- Being a natural antioxidant, lycopene has the ability to destroy free radicals - molecules that cause the development of various diseases.
- Prevention of a number of chronic diseases. It is especially important to distinguish among them lesions of the cardiovascular system.
- A high concentration of the element will reduce the number of oxidized DNA components. And this is the prevention of cancer of the stomach and prostate. Moreover, many researchers agree that lycopene is the only carotenoid that can withstand cancer.
- If we turn to clinical studies, we will see that regular consumption of products and preparations containing an element slows the growth rate of cancer cells by 70%. It is believed that weekly consumption of tomatoes (the fruits contain lycopene) reduces the risk of developing cancer by 35%!
Indications for use
The use of lycopene, first of all, is shown to people suffering from the following diseases:
- Diseases of the digestive tract, pancreas.
- Chronic constipation.
- Cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease.
- Excess weight.
- Disturbance of mineral metabolism.
- Skin diseases.
- Secondary immunodeficiency.
- Prevention of eye diseases (in particular, cataracts) - the element slows down the degenerative processes in the retina.
- Prevention of cancer of the prostate and stomach.
- Prevention of inflammatory processes.
The element is shown both as a means of prevention, and as one of the components of therapy.
Lycopene is a tool with a minimum number of contraindications to use:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding time.
- Preschool age.
- Individual intolerance to the component.
Remarkably, the antioxidant can be taken not only in the form of a drug, but also by eating appetizing fruits and vegetables:
- Tomatoes Are the leaders in the percentage of substances among its natural "carriers". Moreover, tomatoes of red varieties will contain a higher percentage of lycopene. An important feature is that the microelement will not lose its properties after the heat treatment of the fruit! Therefore, tomato juices, mashed potatoes, sauces, ketchup will be no less useful.
- The second place in terms of lycopene content is occupied by red grapefruits, watermelons and guava.
- Lycopene is also found in pink grapefruit, melon, carrots, apricots, wild rose berries, beets, papaya, asparagus, red cabbage, sweet red pepper.
- The remaining fruits and berries are saturated red. However, they should be used nevertheless in limited quantities - higher doses can change the pigmentation of your skin. Therefore, for example, in Thailand it is not accepted to eat tomatoes - the locals are afraid of the appearance of ugly dark spots on the skin.
Features of the use of products with lycopene
It is an antioxidant contained in our favorite foods and dishes. Here are some useful recommendations on the use of such food:
- Excellent assimilated both raw and after heat treatment of vegetables, fruits. Therefore, a dish of stewed tomatoes will be no less useful than a fresh tomato.
- In order to fill your daily need for lycopene, it is enough to drink 2 cups of tomato juice daily. Or eat 1 tablespoon of tomato paste. Tomato products also have "rejuvenating" properties - such daily use of the product increases the level of collagen in the skin by 30%.
- An important point - the accumulation in the cells of the organs of this antioxidant contributes to its entry into the body just with food.
- The use of products containing lycopene should be periodic and systematic. For example, if you ignore tomato and tomato dishes for a week, the percentage of antioxidant in your body will fall by 50%!
What is lycopene?
Lycopene is a pigment that is red in color and splits fats. Contained mainly in tomatoes. Lycopene belongs to the family of pigments, which are called carotenoids. In turn, carotenoids are a natural pigment responsible for the bright color of autumn leaves, fresh flowers, and fruits and vegetables. The color of vegetables and fruits ranges from bright yellow (some varieties of pumpkin), to orange (pumpkin and carrots), and red (tomatoes and peppers).
Lycopene - Antioxidant
Modern researchers have studied lycopene quite thoroughly. Lycopene has antioxidant properties. Numerous studies have shown that a diet that contains foods containing lycopene can reduce the likelihood of developing prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.
At the Harvard University in the mid-1990s, studies were conducted during which they found out that out of 50,000 men who took tomatoes 10 or more times a week (it is high lycopene content in tomatoes), the risk of prostate cancer decreased in some cases by 34% . Antioxidants help fight cancer, protect cells from damage by free radicals, thereby slowing the aging process.
Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are formed at the moment when our cells convert oxygen into energy. Antioxidants can keep the immune system healthy, while reducing the risk of some forms of cancer and other diseases. Vitamins such as vitamin C, E, beta-carotene and lycopene, and even some vitamins, are effective antioxidants.
In addition, the beneficial effects of antioxidants on heart disease have been observed. As shown by recent studies, in men whose body contained a high concentration of lycopene, the risk of a heart attack decreased by 50%, in contrast to those with this level was low. As researchers assume, the content of lycopene in the body directly depends on its amount in the diet.
The recommended daily need for lycopene is 5-7.5 mg.
Lycopene helps to normalize cholesterol metabolism, activates the process of digestion. Lycopene normalizes appetite, suppresses the pathogenic intestinal microflora, prevents the development of atherosclerosis, contains normal acid-base balance, promotes weight loss. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties, strengthens the walls of blood vessels and capillaries, has a beneficial effect on the skin, nourishes and rejuvenates, especially dry, wrinkled and pigmented skin. As a prophylactic against various liver disorders.
Since lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, it can destroy free radicals - such reactive molecules that destroy cell membranes, attack DNA, and thus cause various diseases. Studies have shown that in patients with HIV infection, with colds and high cholesterol (with and without therapy, which reduces the level of fat) may have a low level of lycopene in the blood. The content of lycopene in the blood is not always reduced due to tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption, unlike other carotenoids. This is affected by the aging process.
Some studies have shown that the lycopene diet reduces the risk of a number of chronic diseases, for example: cardiovascular, cancer, and age-related dystrophy of the macula. As an antioxidant, lycopene prevents the oxidation of low-level lipoprotein, that is, bad cholesterol, it is he who leads to atherosclerosis (decrease in arterial permeability) and coronary artery disease.
With increasing levels of lycopene, decreases the level of oxidized lipoprotein, protein and DNA components, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. From this, we can conclude that in people with high levels of lycopene, the risk of heart disease is half that of people with low levels of lycopene. Again, a direct link was observed between lycopene intake and a reduction in the risk of prostate and stomach cancer. In the notes on these diseases, lycopene was the only carotenoid that helped reduce the risk of such diseases.
Clinical studies conducted at the end of 2001 for prostate cancer showed that the use of lycopene significantly reduces the rate of growth of cancer cells. This method has reduced the spread of cancer cells by about 73%.
If you eat tomatoes at least twice a week, you can reduce the risk of cancer by 34%. In any case, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says so. Only tomatoes from 46 fruits and vegetables participating in the research have proven to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. In addition, there are some medical evidence that proves that with regular intake of lycopene-rich tomatoes, the risk of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract is reduced.
What is pigment for and where does it come from?
What is it - lycopene - and why does the body need it? This component is a plant pigment and belongs to the carotenoid group. In fairly high doses, it is part of almost all vegetables and fruits of red color.
Scientific studies where the effect of the component on a person was studied proved a positive effect on the maintenance of the cardiovascular system. In addition, it was found that it significantly reduces the possibility of developing prostate, lung and stomach cancer, counteracts cell aging and prevents the development of coronary disease.
As a separate substance, lycopene was isolated at the beginning of the 20th century, and the molecular formula was derived by scientists in the 1930s. This pigment is known today as food supplement E160d - it has official registration as a food coloring.
On an industrial scale, this component can be obtained in several ways, but the most common and most optimal is the biotechnological approach: it allows you to synthesize a product from special zygomycete fungi called Blakeslea trispora. In addition to mushrooms, Escherichia coli is often used for the synthesis process - E. coli.
To less common methods of production is the production of tomatoes, in which it is contained in high concentration, but because of the high cost of this method is not too popular.
After receiving it is applied everywhere, including food production, cosmetology and pharmaceuticals, as well as a useful food additive. In addition, it can be purchased separately in the form of tablets or powder.
It is worth noting that the indicators of substance consumption can vary greatly depending on the area of residence. So, residents of Western Europe can consume 2-3 mg per day, and Eastern - about 7-8.
According to medical recommendations, an adult body needs 6–10 mg of pigment daily, and a child’s body, within 3 mg. A pair of glasses of fresh tomato juice is usually enough to cover a person's daily need for lycopene.
Each body's need for antioxidants varies, but it is safe to say that this carotenoid is necessary for all who have the following health problems:
- at high risk of developing atherosclerosis or ischemic heart disease
- if there is a possibility of cancer of the lungs, stomach or prostate,
- in case of anorexia,
- when inflammation of the internal organs is present,
- with eye problems, especially cataracts,
- during infectious diseases (both bacterial and viral),
- in violation of the pH of the body
- during a hot dry summer.
However, there are such conditions in which the need for this substance decreases:
- during pregnancy and breastfeeding,
- all smokers
- during gallstone disease,
- due to individual intolerance by the body.
Advantages and disadvantages of use
Lycopene is able to be perfectly absorbed by the human body after heat treatment of products containing this pigment, especially if fats are additionally present in the food.
The maximum concentration in the blood is formed a day after the intake, and in the tissues - after 30 days of regular consumption. According to the results of the research, beta-carotene contributes to the absorption of the substance.
It should be noted its many useful properties:
- according to oncological studies, regular consumption of this component suppresses the risk of developing oncology of the prostate gland, lung and stomach. In addition, products containing pigment, help not only prevent cancer, but, in addition to the main anticancer therapy, help to cure at an early stage,
- Lycopene-containing products have been found to reduce the possibility of atherosclerosis and contribute to its successful treatment at an early stage.
- Lycopene has the ability to accumulate in the tissues of the eye, so that the retina remains holistic and workable,
- a substance of this type is a powerful antioxidant and helps reduce oxidative processes inside tissues and at the cellular level,
- some studies have shown a direct link between substance use and cataract treatment,
- in some cases, the use of lycopene-containing products can lead to a positive trend in the treatment of inflammation of internal organs,
- such products can prevent fungal diseases and bacterial infections, and also contribute to the normalization of cholesterol levels in the blood,
- the substance helps to protect the skin from sunburn and helps to get a beautiful, even tan,
- due to antioxidant properties, the component improves collagen production, because of which the skin becomes elastic and acquires a tone, and wrinkles are smoothed. Like any other carotenoid, lycopene should be taken along with fats.
- This compound is successfully used in cosmetology for the treatment of dryness, wrinkles and excessive pigmentation of the skin. On this basis, make cosmetic masks that promote rapid regeneration of the skin and its youth.
Like many other substances, lycopene has its drawbacks. First of all it concerns its assimilation: being a fat soluble component, it requires the presence of fat in the food. If there is not enough fat in the diet, the pigment will be poorly absorbed.
The lack of a component, in turn, adversely affects health and increases the risk of certain diseases. In addition, this component will not be absorbed by the body if there are diseases that reduce the ability of organs and tissues to absorb fats - for example, diseases of the liver or gall bladder, cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease, etc.
Tomatoes: the benefits and harm
It is believed that the use of tomatoes is vital for each person. And it's not only about the high content of lycopene:
- Vegetable seeds are extremely useful for the circulatory system. It is they who are able to thin the blood, which reduces the risk of developing the most severe pathologies (in particular, thrombosis).
- Some people separate its skin from the fruit, believing that it is not digested. This is not entirely correct. The skin is able to normalize the digestive tract, is an excellent prevention of constipation.
- As for lycopene, it is better absorbed by the body after heat treatment of tomato - in the form of paste, ketchup, juice.
But do not think that it is necessary to use tomatoes and dishes from them in unlimited quantities. Вот случаи, где необходимо делать это с осторожностью:
- Желчнокаменная болезнь. Овощ вызывает обострение заболевания.
- Камни в почках и мочевом пузыре. This result leads to unsustainable long-term use of tomato juice, coupled with starchy foods.
- Cardiovascular diseases, hypertension. People suffering from these pathologies should limit themselves to the use of pickled, salted, canned tomatoes. The point is the high content of salt in these products.
Lycopene in the pharmacy
Sold in the form of means for oral administration - powders, capsules, tablets. However, the main function of such drugs is purely antioxidant. They are used for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, due to antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Herbal antioxidant for pharmaceuticals is extracted by extraction from plants. By the way, the lycopene obtained in this way is also a red food dye (E 160d). Apply it more in the cosmetic industry. It is an active component of many skin care masks.
The following drugs with lycopene are best known (instructions for use are attached to each):
- "Apiferrum". The tool is remarkable restorative effect. Promotes the excretion of toxins and toxins in a natural way. It reduces appetite, helps to normalize metabolism, has a beneficial effect on blood formation processes, helps to heal wounds. Also available in the form of balm - a biologically active food supplement.
- "Lacto-lycopene". This drug is more aimed at stimulating the renewal of the deeper layers of the skin, the synthesis of collagen, the protection of its fibers from damage. Tablets are recommended for women seeking to preserve youthful skin naturally.
- Likoprofit, Tiens, Ateronon, Likopid. Tablets are used for the prevention of vascular, oncological diseases.
Reviews of drugs
Consumers and manufacturers of drugs that have lycopene in their composition, in a review focus on the beneficial properties and the demand for funds. Recommend to use them for preventive purposes.
But do not forget that the most useful use of lycopene - with food. Especially with such common in Russia, relatively affordable tomatoes. Dishes from tomato are useful and tasty, but do not forget about the contraindications that we have presented to you.
What is lycopene
Lycopene is a natural carotenoid pigment (Lycopene) that is responsible for the bright color of plants. The component breaks down fats, has an antioxidant effect on cells and tissues. When oxygen is converted into energy, free radicals are formed, which under certain conditions can cause cancer. Antioxidant lycopene fights against this phenomenon, protects the immune system, prevents premature cellular aging. The group of such substances also include vitamins E, C, beta-carotene and other trace elements.
The pigment is not synthesized inside the body, but comes with nutrition. The substance is fat soluble, i.e. its maximum absorption occurs only with the joint consumption of food rich in fats. Before being used, lycopene accumulates in the small intestine, spreading through the blood 24 hours after ingestion, and at the cellular level - 30 days later.
What products contain
Lycopene is found in vegetables and fruits of red, bright yellow, orange color. The presence of this component can boast some flowers. With it, the plants reflect excessive solar activity, prevent premature oxidative processes. It is known that under the influence of high temperature the element not only does not collapse, but also changes its structure, starting better and more fully absorbed by the body. Below is a list of ingredients that contain lycopene:
The amount of lycopene per 100 g mg
Accumulating in the right amount, lycopene is able to destroy the pathogenic intestinal microflora, normalizing metabolic processes in organs and systems. The substance restores cholesterol metabolism, activates the digestive tract. Thanks to this action, the use of an element is recommended by many diets for weight loss. Other important properties of lycopene include:
- Antifungal, antibacterial effect, allowing the use of carotenoid, as a means to prevent many diseases.
- Lycopene is useful for the skin, it strengthens the vascular, capillary walls, promotes the production of collagen. In addition, the component reacts with ultraviolet light, improving tanning and reducing the risk of sunburn.
- Being a powerful antioxidant, the pigment successfully fights free radicals - reactive molecules that destroy cell membranes and cause organ dysfunction. Lycopene nutrition protects against chronic heart disease, blood vessels.
- The element is considered the only carotenoid that can prevent the occurrence of cancer. Regular use of products containing lycopene slows the intensity of the growth of cancers.
- A high level of the substance stimulates the gastrointestinal tract, supports acid-base balance. The pigment reduces the amount of oxidized parts of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), protecting the stomach, liver and prostate from damage.
Instructions for use of lycopene tablets
In the pharmacological market there is a drug, which includes this pigment. Lycopene tablets is a dietary supplement (dietary supplement) recommended for the main food. Drug intake is relevant in cases where the body is experiencing a shortage of substances, and the patient needs to improve their health. Before using the medication, it is recommended to consult a doctor to avoid undesirable effects from therapy.
The bioavailability of the food additive is up to 40%. The carotenoid is not soluble in water, it is absorbed only with fats. The drug is considered safe and effective means of natural origin. It is stored at a temperature up to +25 ºС, in a place difficult for children. The beneficial properties of lycopene in medicine are used for:
- maintaining youthful skin, slowing the aging process,
- preservation of the health of the prostate gland,
- reduce the number of free molecules
- ensure the health of the cardiovascular system
- softening of the arteries, improving blood circulation,
- normalization of cholesterol balance
- strengthen the capillaries and blood vessels,
- cosmetic procedures like the dye and the active component of masks and other skin care products,
- maintaining optimal blood viscosity.
The drug is available in the form of enteric gel coated tablets. The drug is made on the basis of the plant antioxidant lycopene, the amount of which varies depending on the dosage of one capsule. In addition to the active component, 0.5 gram dragee contains:
- lactose - 25%,
- tomato powder - 25%,
- cellulose - 14%,
- magnesium stearate - 1%,
- starch - 16%,
- talc - 1%,
- small amount of soybean oil.
Lycopene is recommended as an antioxidant for the treatment of diseases associated with the heart and blood vessels. Natural pigment is very useful for the skin, so it is taken to eliminate fine wrinkles, restore hair beauty. Doctors prescribe medication if the following indications:
- diseases of the cardiovascular system
- pancreas dysfunction,
- problems with the gastrointestinal tract,
- reduced immunity
- anemia and vitamin deficiencies
- skin lesions
- mineral metabolism imbalance
The body's natural daily need for lycopene is 5-7.5 mg. A biological food supplement helps to compensate for the lack of an element when it is impossible to get it in the right quantity from food, for example, in winter or during illness. The drug is recommended to be taken in the following dosages:
- children 12-14 years old - 1 capsule per day,
- children 15-16 years old - 1 tablet 1-2 times a day,
- adolescents over 16 years old and adults 1-2 tablets up to 3 times a day.
The standard therapeutic course lasts up to 1 month. If necessary, therapy can continue with the agreement with a specialist. To ensure the highest digestibility of lycopene, you need to take capsules together with warm fatty foods. The bioavailability of the component increases the simultaneous use of beta-carotene, which is an integral part of such vegetables and fruits as carrots, pumpkin, spinach, green onions, tomato, currants, peach, apricot, grapefruit and others.
The use of lycopene for the body is that this substance suppresses the pathogenic microflora in the intestine, normalizes appetite and promotes weight loss, normalizes the exchange of cholesterol in the body and prevents diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Lycopene has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it can be used as a preventive measure against various diseases, including those with liver disorders. Antioxidant is useful for the skin, strengthens the walls of capillaries and blood vessels. The interaction of lycopene with other carotenoids improves tanning and reduces the risk of sunburn.
Useful properties of lycopene:
- Revitalize digestion and weight loss.
- Antifungal and antibacterial effect.
- Normalization of acid-base balance in the body.
- Normalization of cholesterol metabolism and participation in blood formation.
- Strengthening the cardiovascular system.
- Suppression of intestinal pathogenic microflora.
Instructions for lycopene
Instructions to lycopene, as well as to any other drug allows you to learn about the indications for its use and contraindications, side effects, dosage and other features of use. Herbal antioxidant refers to immunostimulatory drugs.
- The main indications for use are the treatment and prevention of diseases of the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract, anemia, chronic constipation, dysbacteriosis, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, vitamin deficiency, skin lesions, disorders of mineral metabolism, therapy of secondary immunodeficiencies.
- Lycopene is contraindicated in children of children and with gallstone disease. Pregnancy and lactation, sensitivity to the drug, are also contraindications.
- The drug is taken before meals. For patients aged 12-14 years, the recommended dose is 1 tablet 1 time per day, from 14-16 years 1 tablet 1-2 times a day, and adults 2 tablets 1-3 times a day. The norm of the drug - no more than 10 mg per day, for example, in tomatoes contains from 5-50 mg / kg, and 30 mg / kg in grapefruit.
Where is lycopene contained?
Where is lycopene contained and what foods should be consumed to maintain normal levels of carotenoids in the blood? So, the leader in the content of this substance are tomatoes. At the same time, the red fruits of vegetables contain less lycopene, in contrast to orange varieties. The peculiarity of the plant antioxidant is that it is not destroyed after heat treatment, it is preserved and concentrated in the products: juice, paste, ketchup. The second content of lycopene is watermelon, red grapefruit and guava.
In large quantities, the substance is found in vegetables, fruits and berries of red color. But do not forget that lycopene is a dye, so at elevated doses can change the pigmentation of the skin. For example, in Thailand it is not accepted to use tomatoes, since many people believe that the vegetable causes dark spots on the skin.
Lycopene is well absorbed after heat treatment, unlike other vegetables and fruits, which are better absorbed in raw form. For example, stewed tomatoes or any other tomato dish in which vegetable oils are present are an ideal source of antioxidant. Lycopene must be ingested with food, as this contributes to its accumulation in the cells of the organs. For example, if you do not eat tomatoes or tomato dishes during the week, then the level of lycopene in the body will fall by 50%.
Lycopene in products
Lycopene in products is a plant pigment with antioxidant properties. The substance is not destroyed by heat treatment, but rather contributes to its better absorption. In large quantities it is found in tomatoes. Two glasses of tomato juice provide the daily need for a vegetable antioxidant.
mg / 100 g wet weight
Lycopene is found in some fruits, vegetables and berries: tomatoes, pink grapefruit, guava, watermelon, pomegranate, dogrose, persimmon, apricots, papaya, beet, red cabbage, carrots, asparagus, red sweet peppers. The leader in the content of plant antioxidant is a tomato, which has these rejuvenating properties. So, in order to provide the body with a daily dose of lycopene, it is necessary to use 5-15 kg of tomatoes, 500 ml of tomato juice or 1 spoon of tomato paste. The substance has a beneficial effect on the entire body, contributes to an increase in collagen in the skin by 30%.
Lycopene in tomatoes
Lycopene in tomatoes is found in large quantities, so this vegetable is indispensable for the human body. Tomato seeds are good for the circulatory system, they thin the blood and reduce the risk of developing serious diseases, including thrombosis. That is why for the prevention of the cardiovascular system is recommended to use tomatoes with seeds. As for the vegetable skin, many do not eat it, as it is not digested. But this factor contributes to the normalization of the gastrointestinal tract and is an excellent prevention of constipation.
For better digestion of lycopene, it is recommended to use tomatoes after preliminary heat treatment. Antioxidant is well absorbed from ketchup, tomato paste or tomato juice, as opposed to fresh fruit. But it is necessary to know the measure, since excessive use of tomatoes by people with gallstone disease causes an exacerbation of the disease. And long-term use of tomato juice in combination with starch-containing products leads to the formation of stones in the bladder and kidneys. Restrictions apply to canned, pickled and salted tomatoes. Due to the high content of salt in these products, they are not recommended for people with hypertension and any other diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Apiferrum with lycopene
Apiferum with lycopene is a healing drug with a restorative effect. It contains various enzymes and antioxidants, including lycopene. The use of Apiferrum contributes to the natural elimination of toxins, slags, inflammatory agents and waste products of bacteria from the blood. The drug reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 15%, normalizes appetite and acid-base balance in the body.
The drug has a positive effect on blood formation, contributes to the rapid healing of wounds after injuries, fractures and surgical interventions, accelerates recovery processes. The composition of Apiferrum includes a complex of tomato lycopene, natural honey, propolis, sesame and garlic oil, dry blood of deer and other components. Take the drug without medical prescription.
Balsam apiferrum with lycopene
Balsam apiferrum with lycopene is a biologically active food supplement. The drug is a source of lycopene, polyphenolic compounds, iron, linoleic acid and other components necessary for the normal functioning of the body. Balsam normalizes appetite and cholesterol levels in the blood, prevents the development of atherosclerosis and many chronic diseases.
Indications for use of balm:
- Disorders of the cardiovascular system and blood-forming organs: pressure drops, varicose veins, atherosclerosis, angina pectoris, arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, anemia, low hemoglobin. •
- Cancer Prevention.
- Treatment and prevention of diseases of the digestive system: gastritis, liver damage.
- Diseases of the musculoskeletal system: osteochondrosis, arthritis and others.
- The drug is effective in the defeat of the immune system, with viral diseases and frequent colds.
- Ailments of the nervous system, overwork, deterioration of attention and memory.
- Disorders in the urogenital system: gynecological diseases, prostatitis, adenoma.
- Diseases of the skin and endocrine system.
Balm is contraindicated for use in allergic reactions to bee products, during pregnancy and lactation, and with individual intolerance to the components of dietary supplements.
Before using Apiferrum, it is recommended to consult with your doctor. Adults and patients over 14 years old are allowed to take 2-3 teaspoons of balsam 2 times a day 30 minutes before meals. Duration of use is 4-6 weeks, if necessary, treatment can be repeated.
Lacto-lycopene is a substance that stimulates the renewal of the deeper layers of the skin, the synthesis of elastin and collagen. It protects collagen fibers from degradation and has a high bioavailability unlike regular lycopene. Лакто антиоксидант разработан лабораторией INNEOV и выпускается в виде таблеток.
Препарат рекомендуется к применению женщинам с признаками старения тела и лица, то есть при тусклом цвете кожи, поверхностных и глубоких морщинах, при снижении плотности и упругости кожи. Lacto-lycopene is easily absorbed by the body and penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin and has a beneficial effect on cellular fibers.
In addition to lycopene, the drug contains vitamin C, which acts as a powerful antioxidant and improves the synthesis of elastin and collagen fibers. Soybean isoflavones improve cellular renewal and activate the synthesis of new fibers. The tool is recommended to take at least three months, 2 tablets 1 time per day.
Lycopene tablets can be purchased at any pharmacy. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have shown that drugs that contain this antioxidant reduce the risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular lesions. The most popular tablets with lycopene: Ateronon, Likopid, Likoprofit, Apiferrum, Tiens and others. The composition of the drugs includes plant pigment and most often these tools are used to repair the arteries.
Regular use of pills improves blood flow, softens arteries that can harden with age, restores the effectiveness of blood vessels and reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Tablets activate the process of digestion, inhibit the pathogenic intestinal microflora, strengthen the walls of blood vessels and capillaries, have antibacterial and antifungal effects.
The price of lycopene depends on the form of release of the drug, additional components that make up the dietary supplement, the manufacturer and the pharmacy network in which it is offered for sale.
- Lacto lycopene costs about 570 UAH.
- Ateronon balm with lycopene - from 150 UAH.
- Lycopene in the form of tablets and capsules from 400 UAH. for 100 pieces.
But do not forget that organic antioxidant can be obtained from vegetables, fruits and berries, which are not only beneficial to the body, but also tasty.
Numerous positive reviews about lycopene, confirm its irreplaceable properties for the human body. Herbal antioxidant is an excellent prevention of diseases of the cardiovascular system and significantly reduces the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.
Lycopene is found in vegetables and fruits, and also comes in the form of dietary supplements and tablets. Eating a few tomatoes a day, drinking a couple of glasses of tomato juice or eating a spoonful of tomato paste, you can fully protect the body from the negative effects of the environment.
How does it work
The process of energy production inside the cells occurs with the participation of oxygen. Chemically active residues of its molecules - free radicals - are carried by blood throughout the body and enter into oxidation reactions. They disrupt the work of cells and organs, which is the main cause of aging. Lycopene binds free radicals and prevents oxidation.
As a result, how is it useful?
- there are no atherosclerotic plaques in the blood,
- increases the elasticity of blood vessels,
- cholesterol levels are reduced,
- improves the immune system, suppressing cancerous cell degeneration.
Studies have shown that a high concentration of lycopene in the blood reduces the risk of heart attacks by 50%, and strokes by 39%. Observations of prostate cancer patients have shown that in the presence of lycopene, the rate of cancer cell division and development of metastasis is reduced by 70-73%.
Other advanced features
In addition, lycopene is able to normalize the intestinal flora, inhibit the development of pathogenic fungi, bacteria. Its protective effect on the skin is associated with the ability to absorb ultraviolet rays and prevent cancer mutations of skin cells.
Unfortunately, the body can not independently synthesize lycopene, it is formed in plants during photosynthesis. To get it in sufficient quantity you need to know which products are rich in this red pigment.
Daily need lycopene
Per day, an adult is recommended to use 5-10 mg of lycopene (for children - up to 3 mg). The need for it increases with the appearance of health problems.
- Atherosclerosis, ischemia, vascular pathologies - a pigment substance is effectively used in prophylaxis and in the early stages of the disease.
- High risk of prostate cancer, lung, stomach.
- Inflammatory processes in the body are treated with the help of the immunostimulating action of the pigment.
- Cataract development can be stopped with lycopene, which improves retinal nutrition.
- In hepatitis, liver disease lycopene helps to improve fat metabolism in the liver.
- Fungal and bacterial infections.
- In the summer to protect against sunburn.
- Lipocaine diet for weight loss uses products with a high content of this pigment
Products that contain lycopene
The absolute champion on the content of lycopene is tomatoes.
The absorption of lycopene in the body has its own characteristics.
- First, heat treatment increases its content in the product and improves absorption. To fill the daily need for lycopene, you need to eat at least 1 tsp. tomato paste, drink half a glass of tomato juice or eat 2-3 medium tomatoes.
- The second feature of the carotenoid is its solubility in fat, so for better absorption you need to use lycopene products with fat (vegetable oil, sour cream). Frequent use of such products without fat will lead to disruption of the gallbladder.
- Frequent consumption of tomatoes with starchy potatoes can lead to the development of kidney stones.
- Especially dangerous is the combination of lycopene with tobacco smoke. Under its action, the pigment itself forms free radicals that carry the risk of cancer and heart attacks.
Reviews of bad and pharmaceutical preparations containing lycopene
Bioactive substances play an important, but not always noticeable role in the coordinated work of all body systems. Lack of lycopene in the blood is found in all patients with HIV infection, atherosclerosis, heart disease, oncology. By enriching the diet with foods high in carotenoids, you can stay healthy for a long time and prolong youth.
What is useful lycopene?
It is a powerful antioxidant that slows down the oxidation processes in the body, blocking the action of free radicals, which means that it provides health and youth for many years:
- This is a powerful factor in the fight against aging.
- It is scientifically proven that this substance stimulates the work of all organs and has a rejuvenating effect. This is a powerful factor - protection against cancer.
- Thanks to him, the skin structure is improved, the production of collagen is stimulated, and this means that the process of wrinkle formation is reduced.
- In addition, it is able to protect the skin from exposure to UV rays.
- This component plays a very important role in the prevention and treatment of many diseases.
Useful properties of lycopene for health
The main beneficial properties of lycopene:
- Interferes with age-related macular degeneration
- Prevents skin aging and keeps it young
- Acts as an internal sunscreen and protects your skin from sunburn.
- Prevention of breast cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic and prostate cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer
- It is a powerful prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
- Cataract Protection
- Lycopene is also known to help prevent osteoporosis.
- Infertility. Studies show that lycopene can help in the treatment of infertility. Increases sperm concentration in men
- Helps prevent diabetes
- Promotes the burning of excess fat
Studies have shown that the human body can absorb lycopene more easily after it has undergone heat treatment, and this treatment also increases the amount of antioxidant several times.
Lycopene is a fat-soluble substance and, therefore, requires the presence of fats in the diet for absorption through the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, it is important to use these products with vegetable oils.
Bats with lycopene
Today you can buy lycopene capsules in the form of dietary supplements.
The main thing is that it is of the highest quality and isolated from natural tomatoes.
For example, Health Origins' lycopene, such a natural standardized extract from red ripe tomatoes, contains a full range of carotenoids and other antioxidants.
So, my friends, the conclusion is not difficult.
We begin to lean heavily on the products of heat treatment of tomatoes: natural tomato sauces, tomato paste, tomato juice, and tomato salads with butter.
Or take a natural drug in capsules.
And then, we are not afraid of the most terrible diseases, aging, wrinkles and other troubles. ,)
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