Function:

  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
    http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue62/article2696.html?ts=1574353830&signature=b71e89c8d9b78b91a5fae5b484c233b7

 

Overdose:not mentioned

Excess: excreted in feces and urine
file:///C:/Users/saraa/AppData/Local/Temp/molecules-15-00959.pdf

Solubility: Fat soluble and water insoluble
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850026/

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
    https://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-signs-youre-eating-too-much-lycopene.html
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128021477000164

Foods rich in Lycopene

Recommended daily intake= 10 mg

https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/lycopene-recommended-dose-10204.html

  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
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2677959/
  2. Increase in the liver damage caused by pesticides
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26231422
  3. Increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26779636
  4. High risk of death from Cardiovascular disease
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16762935/
  5. Increase the damaging effects of UV irradiation on skin
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4664803/
  6. High risk of cataract
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12921892