1. Protect against oxidative damage to lipids, proteins, and DNA
  2. Inhibitor of cancer cell proliferation
  3. Help to eliminate carcinogens and toxins from the body
  4. Help in the process of new cellular protein synthesis
  5. Skin protection
  6. Protect against arthrosclerosis and coronary heart disease


Overdose:not mentioned

Excess: excreted in feces and urine

Solubility: Fat soluble and water insoluble

Side effects of excess lycopene:

  1. Allergic skin reactions and rashes
  2. Reddish discoloration of your skin
  3. Low Blood Pressure
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Nausea
  6. Stomach cramps and gas

Foods rich in Lycopene

Recommended daily intake= 10 mg

  1. Tomatoes, sun-dried
    Contain: 45908 mcg
  2. Guavas, common, raw
    Contain: 5203 mcg
  3. Watermelon, raw
    Contain: 4532 mcg
  4. Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year-round average [Includes USDA commodity food A238, A233]
    Contain: 2573 mcg
  5. Grapefruit, raw, pink and red and white, all areas
    Contain: 1135 mcg
  6. Spices, chili powder
    Contain: 21.0 mcg
  7. Cabbage, red, raw
    Contain: 20.0 mcg
  8. Spices, caraway seed
    Contain: 6.0 mcg
  9. Spices, pepper, black
    Contain: 6.0 mcg
  10. Carrots, raw [Includes USDA commodity food A099]
    Contain: 1.0 mcg



Deficiency symptoms

  1. Increase DNA oxidative damage
  2. Increase in the liver damage caused by pesticides
  3. Increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer
  4. High risk of death from Cardiovascular disease
  5. Increase the damaging effects of UV irradiation on skin
  6. High risk of cataract