lycopene

Ward off cancer with super-nutrient lycopene: Here's the research

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by: PF Louis
Tags: cancer prevention, lycopene, super nutrient

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Men who like pizza, pasta with red sauce, and lasagna have a new excuse to eat more of those dishes upon discovering that lycopene in tomato sauce promotes prostate health. This news has been around for some time.

Recent testing with lycopene from mostly tomato or tomato sauce sources has discovered that there it exhibits plenty of anti-cancer activity, especially regarding prostate cancer. Some tests have determined the best sources to provide the most assimilable form of lycopene as well.

Lycopene is highest in some red or orange plant foods, including tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, guavas, papaya, and rose hips. Sun dried tomatoes contain the highest amounts of lycopene. [1]

Ironically, tomatoes cooked into pastes or sauces have more lycopene than raw tomatoes. That's the inverse of the food-losing-its-nutritional-value-when-cooked rule.

Although lycopene is a carotenoid, it doesn't convert into vitamin A. It lacks a certain molecular ring which disables that conversion. But in exchange, lycopene's antioxidant potential is enhanced.

And there are even more anti-cancer properties beyond reducing oxidative stress before it causes damage.

Multi-targeted therapy of cancer by lycopene

That's the name of an academic article/letter published in 2008 in the international journal, Cancer Letters. This paper reviewed several different studies, in vitro (glass/petri dish) and in vivo (live animal/human), that tested lycopene's effect on cancer cells.

Here's a major extract from that paper:

Prospective and retrospective epidemiological studies indicating an inverse relationship between lycopene intake and prostate cancer risk have been supported by in vitro and in vivo experiments showing that oral lycopene is bioavailable, accumulates in prostate tissue and is localized to the nucleus of prostate epithelial cells. [2]

They also noted testing that demonstrated lycopene goes beyond serving as an antioxidant that synthesizes cytoprotective enzymes in its anti-cancer activity.

Lycopene also induces apoptosis (cellular suicide) in cancer cells, which become cancerous partly because they lack the apoptosis programming that other cells have in order to make way for new cells. This leads to cancer cells' "immortality."

This academic paper from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy also mentions testing that has supported lycopene's function with cancer antiproliferation and anti-metastatic activity.

All the tests reviewed combine to validate lycopene's "multi-targeted" theraputic function with prostate cancer, which also proves lycopene supplementation's safety. [3]

Nevertheless, the paper concludes with the familiar theme of more "carefully designed and adequately powered clinical studies of lycopene are still needed to confirm its efficacy as a chemoprevention [cancer killing] agent."

Choosing your lycopene

Two other tests help show the way for choosing the most potent form of lycopene. One food test concerned itself with testing tomato sauces using different heating techniques that produced compound isomer* variations.

One type of heat induced isomer managed to create higher lycopene bio-availability than usual. Their purpose was to determine how to create tomato sauces with even more lycopene potency. [4]

Another food test determined that tangerine tomatoes, which are yellow/orange rather than red, also provide that same type of lycopene isomer* that induces greater bio-availability. [5]

Time to eat

Of course, cooked sauces, tomato pastes, and sun dried variety always provide more lycopene than raw tomatoes. And now it appears that tangerine tomato sources are even better.

But beware the sources. Commercially raised tomatoes have their fair share of chemical residue. So choose organic ready made sauces or tomato pastes, sauces, and chunks from organic tomatoes to make your own sauce.

And whenever you wish to enjoy raw tomatoes of any color, in addition to buying organic, add a fat or two to enhance lycopene absorption. Lycopene is fat soluble. [6]

One way is by adding pure organic virgin olive oil. A few slices of nutrient intense avocado adds another good, healthy fat to the mix.

Sources for this article include:

* Online Oxford Dictionary - Isomer: Chemistry - each of two or more compounds with the same formula but a different arrangement of atoms in the molecule and different properties.

[1] http://www.healthaliciousness.com

[2]http://science.naturalnews.com

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

[4]http://science.naturalnews.com

[5]http://www.nutraingredients.com

[6] http://dancinggecko.wordpress.com

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.