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Tomato-Nutrient Lycopene Boosts
Skin Carotenoid Levels...


Oral Supplements of Lycopene May Boost Skin Levels of Lycopene
and Beta-Carotene. A New Study Examines How Antioxidants-
Carotenoids Are Beneficial For Helping
Support Skin Health.

The increase in beta-carotene levels in the skin was proposed to be due to
the carotenoids acting as protective chains in the skin, state the researchers
in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. The
research work is an important foundation in increasing the knowledge and
level of confidence of carotenoids' benefits for the nourishment of skin and its
valuable protective properties.


"Accumulation of lycopene and beta-carotene in the skin provides protection
against UVA and UVB radiation and is effective for a full day's protection,"
explained the researchers.


As an antioxidant, lycopene has been shown to have heart, blood pressure,
prostate, osteoporosis, skin and other benefits and it has been recently
received extensive media attention for its value in nutritional healthcare.


A research team from the Berlin-based "C.R.O" the Clinical Research Center
for Hair and Skin Science, performed a double-blind placebo-controlled
randomized study with 25 volunteers (average age of 25-26 years.) The subjects
followed a lycopene-deprived diet for four weeks prior to the study and then until
the end of the study, and were given either LYCOPENE 25 mg supplement or
placebo for a further 12 weeks.


Using Raman spectroscopy technology to measure the nutrient levels, the
researchers noted people in the lycopene supplement group experienced
significant increases in lycopene and, interestingly, beta-carotene levels in
the skin.


"Thus, oral supplementation with lycopene led to an enrichment of beta-carotene
in human skin, possibly due to the fact that carotenoids act in the skin as
protection chains, with a natural protection against free radicals," they wrote.


When comparing blood with skin levels, the researchers noted that skin levels of
lycopene were less sensitive to oral supplementation. The researchers said that
this was "the first study proving the ability to monitor skin carotenoid levels using
resonance Raman spectroscopy as a fast noninvasive diagnostic tool".


Building The Science of "Beauty Nutrients"

The study adds to previous research published in the same journal, which reported
that skin Lycopene levels were correlated with skin roughness, a measure of skin
aging. (Eur. J. Pharm. BioPharm.,
Vol. 69, pp. 943-947)

"Increasing dietary levels of Lycopene through daily supplementation with nutritive
tomato lycopene is an easy way to insure the continued presence of high skin levels
of these protective antioxidants and to help protect the skin from photo-damage
and environmental pollutants, and to preserve the skin's smoothness," emphasized
the researchers.


Source: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics