What is Lycopene
Lycopene is the red pigment found mainly in tomatoes and its derived products. It belongs to the family of the Carotenoids and carries a high antioxidant power, representing one of the most important nutrients for human health and wellbeing.
Why Antioxidants are important?
Antioxidants are essential to human health because they stop the action of the free radicals, by-products naturally created in the body cells as result of metabolic oxidative processes. The constant action of free radical can be seen mainly in the premature ageing of cells and in the rise of several more-or-less dangerous diseases, such as dermatitis, cataract, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary emphysema, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, cancer. Scientific studies have demonstrated that Lycopene possesses an energetic antioxidant power, twice as much as ß-Carotene and 10 times as much as Vitamin E. Lycopene however is not produced in the human body and can only be taken on through diet and/or supplementation.
The quality features of Lycopene depend greatly upon the nature of the production process that extracts it.
There are two different extraction technologies:
involving chemical solvents, which release toxic and noxious waste and through which both Natural and Synthetic Lycopene are obtained
INNOVATIVE AND PATENTED PROCESS
which doesn’t use chemical solvents, but Critical CO2 instead, through which Organic Lycopene is obtained
Result of a long and continuous research activity by Licofarma S.r.l. together with CNR-ISPA and the University of Salento, and thanks to the essential contribution of the Italian Ministry of Research, Organic Lycopene represents a unique product of excellence, different from natural and synthetic lycopene because of the quality of the finished product and of the innovative and patented production technology that does not use toxic and noxious chemical solvents (Patent n. 0001354930).
100% NATURAL AND ORGANIC CERTIFIED (Certification ICEA Nr.: IT BIO 006 PL0328)
Organic Lycopene is obtained by extraction from whole tomatoes (instead of their skin and other waste products), through carbon dioxide (CO2) in supercritical conditions. Toxic and noxious chemical solvents are not used at any stage of production. The result is a total extract, constituted by a mix of natural compounds which, alongside with lycopene, includes more antioxidants (such as ß-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin), Vitamins (A, E, D, K), essential amino acids (Alanine, Leucine, Tryptophan) and other very important nutrients such as Omega-3 and Omega-6.
ABSENCE OF TOXICITY
Organic Lycopene is produced exclusively from Organic Certified raw sources. The tomato berries we use are devoid of pesticides, dioxins, heavy metals, and they only come from natural varieties of tomatoes not genetically modified (NO GMO). The extraction process is cold and based on a purely physical principle; there are no chemical reactions involved. The absence of chemical solvents at production stage physically excludes the possibility of presence of any kind of toxic/noxious waste and other impurities in the finished product.
HIGHER ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTITUMORAL ACTIVITY
Thanks to the innovative CO2 extraction process, the final extract keeps all the nutrients co-extracted with Lycopene intact and untouched. As recent studies have confirmed, thanks to the synergy between all the nutrients contained in the total extract, Organic Lycopene carries a higher antioxidant and antitumoral activity, up to 100 times more than the same concentration of pure lycopene solution produced with traditional methods which, following the purification process necessary to lower the toxicity of the final product, loses most of the co-extracted nutrients causing a remarkable drop in its antioxidant power.
Organic Lycopene Applications
Organic Lycopene finds immediate important application in the preparation of health supplements to lower the risk of Cardiovascular diseases, Osteoporosis and some forms of tumors. Organic Lycopene is the only type of Lycopene in the world which is naturally bioavailable, meaning it can be used as health supplement directly and without further addition of preservatives and/or additives to adjust or modify its composition. The lipids necessary to improve its absorption, in fact,in f are not added from external sources (like in the case of natural and synthetic Lycopene), but come directly from the extraction nutrients.
Thanks to its high antioxidant power, Organic Lycopene is a natural anti-ageing able to effectively contrast the cutaneous ageing processes, preventing and reducing the formation of wrinkles and improving the skin thickness. Clinical studies have certified that in presence of a higher lycopene content in the skin there is a lower amount of wrinkles found. Thanks to its anti-radical action, furthermore, it performs an essential protective action on the skin from damages caused by an excessive exposure to UVA-UVB radiations (photo-ageing). Working in synergy with other active ingredients and functional substances, it can proactively work to contrast even the most common skin imperfections such as cellulite and stretch marks.