Therapeutic Use

  • Lycopene has got very good antioxidant properties
  • Numerous studies have shown that eating foods high in Lycopene is beneficial in warding off heart disease and several types of cancer such as lung, cervical, digestive tract and breast.
  • Lycopene is beneficial in diabetes, osteoporosis, and even male infertility.
  • Lycopene is also the most efficient oxygen and free radicals quencher and is the prime Carotenoid in plasma and other tissues.
  • Lycopene is also found in lung tissue and is valuable in protecting lymphocytes from NO2 damage found in lung cancer.
  • Lycopene also may help decrease the impact of oxidative load from pylori infections in the stomach.
  • It shows its inhibitory effect on basal endometrial cancer cell proliferation
  • In different studies, Lycopene was even found to have an inhibitory effect on cataract development
  • Lycopene may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of Age-related macular degeneration.
  • Lycopene may used in the treatment of Exercise-induced asthma.
  • Lycopene may also used in the treatment of Lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, Skin cancer.

  • Carbon
  • Hydrogen

3D Molecular Structure of Lycopene

Deficiency Of Lycopene

   Deficiency of Lycopene may increase the risk of various cancers and chronic heart disease.


  • Tomato-based products are acidic and may irritate stomach ulcers.
  • Tomato consumption increases Lycopene concentrations in the breast milk and plasma of breast-feeding women.

Side Effects

  • Excessive consumption of Lycopene can cause a deep orange discoloration of the skin, called Lycopenodermia.
  • Diarrhea, dyspepsia.
  • Some research indicates that under certain circumstances, Lycopene can become oxidized in the body, and may subsequently behave like free radicals and cause cellular damage. Cigarette smoke, for example, may cause Lycopene to become oxidized.


   Lycopene interacts with some cancer chemotherapy agents, as well as with ciprofloxacin and olestra.

Other Use Of Lycopene

  • Used as a food coloring.
  • Lycopene diffuses into plastic, making it impossible to remove with hot water, soap, or detergent.