What is Lyc-O-Mato®?
Lyc-O-Mato® is an all-natural extract of red, ripe tomatoes. Lyc-O-Mato® is valued as a dietary supplement and functional food ingredient because it provides a full complement of tomato carotenoids and other nutrients to benefit good health. The synergy of the natural tomato lycopene, phytoene, phytofluene, beta-carotene, phytosterols and vitamin E results in enhanced activity, and this means greater health benefits for you.
Who should take supplements containing Lyc-O-Mato® ?
Lyc-O-Mato® is a dietary supplement recommended for adults as a valuable part of a daily health care regimen that includes a healthy diet. Research has shown Lyc-O-Mato® helps support prostate, heart and skin health, and helps protect the cells from damage from free radicals . Lyc-O-Mato® is particularly beneficial to smokers and to all of us who are exposed to environmental pollutants which increase the risk of damage from free radicals. Finally, because the natural mechanism that protects us from free radicals weakens with age, older adults need to ensure that tomato phytonutrients are a part of their daily diet.
How do I know that Lyc-O-Mato® is safe to take?
Lyc-O-Mato® tomato lycopene complex is a natural extract of tomato. Nothing has been added to the goodness of the tomato that nature has provided. Generations of people have safely consumed tomatoes as part of their normal diet. Lyc-O-Mato® has also undergone extensive checks for safety. An independent evaluation of the safety studies has validated that Lyc-O-Mato® is safe for its intended use as a dietary supplement. Lyc-O-Mato® contains only tomato extract produced from ripe non-GMO tomatoes. Lyc-O-Mato® is produced in following very strict quality assurance guidelines.
What is lycopene?
Lycopene, the major carotenoid found in the tomato, gives the tomato its typical red color. It is an important antioxidant with a unique ability to inactivate or “quench” the free radicals that can damage our cells.
Why is Lyc-O-Mato® standardized to lycopene content?
Lycopene was chosen as the marker for standardization because its unique molecular structure makes it a highly effective antioxidant and biological quencher of free radicals. Standardization assures you that each and every capsule of Lyc-O-Mato® contains the same quantity of lycopene in addition to a natural ratio of all the other important bioactive phytonutrients found in the tomato lycopene complex.
What are carotenoids?
Carotenoids are a family of naturally occurring compounds found in many plants. Lycopene and beta-carotene, both found in Lyc-O-Mato®, are among the major carotenoids that occur in appreciable quantities in human blood and tissues, and are believed to be important to our health and well being.
What is the role of carotenoids in health?
Carotenoids are antioxidants. They play an important role in health maintenance by helping to reduce the impact and minimize the oxidative damage caused by surplus free radicals in the body. These surplus free radicals result from normal cell metabolism, pollution, smoking and other environmental exposures. The mixture of tocopherols naturally occurring in Lyc-O-Mato® also acts as a potent antioxidant.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are highly reactive toxic by-products of the biochemical redox reactions that occur as a part of normal cell metabolism and as a result of exposure to damaging environmental influences. Free radicals attack cells and can cause damage to cell membranes, DNA and proteins. Free radicals are believed to be one of the factors causing a wide range of degenerative conditions.
What protects the organism from free radicals?
The healthy organism is equipped with a built-in defense system designed to neutralize harmful free radicals which attack our tissues and cell components. This system utilizes antioxidants and free radical quenchers, which we obtain from the food and dietary supplements we consume. Lycopene is considered by scientists to be the most effective free radical quencher and antioxidant, and thus an important part of the diet.
How much Lyc-O-Mato® should be included in our daily diet?
Researchers have not yet come to a conclusion on the recommended daily allowance of Lyc-O-Mato® . The suggested value is 84 to 168 mg per day of Lyc-O-Mato® , which provides 5 to 10 mg of lycopene.
What does the latest research on Lyc-O-Mato® say?
Scientific research has established that carotenoids, such as the lycopene, beta-carotene, phytoene and phytofluene and other tomato phytonutrients found in Lyc-O-Mato® , act in synergy to, and play a vital role in helping to, maintain good health. Clinical research clearly indicates that Lyc-O-Mato® helps to support prostate and heart health, and helps to protect our skin from the oxidative stress caused by free radicals produced when we are out in the sunshine.
How does Lyc-O-Mato® compare to just plain lycopene?
Lyc-O-Mato® tomato lycopene complex contains all the natural richness of the tomato: lycopene, phytoene, phytofluene, beta-carotene, tocopherols and other important bioactive phytonutrients. Lycopene alone, from tomatoes or produced synthetically, can only deliver the health benefit of the lycopene, not the full benefit of the tomato. It is the synergy of the multi-phytonutrients found in tomatoes, tomato products and in Lyc-O-Mato® that is responsible for the health benefits that have been reported in epidemiological and clinical studies that were conducted on tomatoes and tomato products. Research effectively demonstrates that lycopene is not therapeutically effective when present at the relatively low levels normally found in the blood even after supplementation. Effectiveness at the low lycopene concentrations that are possible to attain, occurs only when the lycopene is presented along with other phytonutrients naturally present in tomato and tomato extract. This occurs because the presence of the other phytonutrients enhances the effectiveness of the lycopene. Also important from a practical health perspective are recent scientific findings indicating that lycopene bioavailability is enhanced by the presence of the other natural phytonutrients that are found in the Lyc-O-Mato® tomato lycopene complex.
Where can I buy Lyc-O-Mato®?
Lyc-O-Mato® is found in many dietary supplements. Look for the Lyc-O-Mato® name and logo on the front of the bottle and/or in the ingredients listing. For a list of dietary supplements containing Lyc-O-Mato® visit the “Where To Buy Lyc-O-Mato®” section of this website.