Tomato Lycopene May Support Bone Health

March 25, 2009

LycoRed, Ltd., Israel, is greatly encouraged by recently released results of a USDA-funded study investigating the role of carotenoids and tomato lycopene in preventing Osteoporosis. 

In the January 2009 online edition of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, researchers from Tufts University, Hebrew SeniorLife and Boston University followed subjects that had participated in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study over fifteen years ago. The subjects, 370 men and 576 women, completed a food frequency questionnaire in 1988-89 and were followed for hip fracture until 2005 and for non-vertebral fracture until 2003. Subjects with higher lycopene intake had lower risk of both hip fracture and non-vertebral fracture, leading the researchers to believe that lycopene may be protective against fractures in this population of elderly Caucasian men and women. 

The author of the research claimed that they “found protective associations of total carotenoid and lycopene intake with hip fracture and non-vertebral osteoporotic fracture over 17 years of follow-up. We found that those consuming greater than 4.4 servings/week of lycopene had significantly fewer fractures.”

This latest publication comes on the heels of an earlier work published in Osteoporosis International. In the 2007 study, principal researcher L.G. Rao Ph.D., Director, Calcium Research Laboratory, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canada, reported that “results of our study suggest that in postmenopausal women, dietary lycopene reduces oxidative stress and may be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis.” These two studies, taken together, highlight another potential lycopene benefit that may be obtained by a diet rich in carotenoids from tomato products, including tomato extract.

“Osteoporosis is a major public health concern in an aging population, and research pointing to dietary measures like natural lycopene that can be taken to keep bones strong is very good news,” said Zohar Nir Ph.D, VP New Product Development & Scientific Affairs for LycoRed. “Lyc-O-Mato, a tomato extract in supplement form, provides the lycopene and other tomato carotenoids found by researchers to have protective benefits for bones.” 

Lyc-O-Mato, and the research behind it, reflects LycoRed’s ongoing commitment to the scientific development of carotenoid ingredients supporting cardiovascular health, skin health and the prevention of osteoporosis.

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