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An update on the health effects of tomato lycopene.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22129335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Lycopene is a non-provitamin A carotenoid that is responsible for the red to pink colors seen in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and other foods. Processed tomato products are the primary dietary lycopene source in the United States. Unlike many other natural compounds, lycopene is generally stable to processing when present in the plant tissue matrix. Recently, lycopene has also been studied in relation to its potential health effects. Although promising data from epidemiological, as well as cell culture and animal, studies suggest that lycopene and the consumption of lycopene containing foods may affect cancer or cardiovascular disease risk, more clinical trial data is needed to support this hypothesis. In addition, future studies are required to understand the mechanism(s) whereby lycopene or its metabolites are proven to possess biological activity in humans.
Erica N Story; Rachel E Kopec; Steven J Schwartz; G Keith Harris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of food science and technology     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1941-1413     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu Rev Food Sci Technol     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-01     Completed Date:  2012-01-05     Revised Date:  2013-12-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101561951     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Food Sci Technol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  189-210     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anticarcinogenic Agents / administration & dosage,  analysis,  chemistry,  metabolism
Antioxidants / administration & dosage*,  analysis,  chemistry,  metabolism*
Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
Carotenoids / administration & dosage*,  analysis,  chemistry,  metabolism*
Food Handling
Fruit / chemistry*
Health Promotion
Lycopersicon esculentum / chemistry*
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticarcinogenic Agents; 0/Antioxidants; 36-88-4/Carotenoids; SB0N2N0WV6/lycopene

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