If you want to make sure you are taking in enough lycopene, it is a good idea to take a lycopene supplement. To do so, you will need to pay attention to take a dosage for lycopene that will be effective. For basic health maintenance, look for a multivitamin product that contains lycopene and follow the package directions. You can also take an individual lycopene supplement. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s dosage recommendations.
How To Choose Lycopene Supplements?
Identify your natural sources of lycopene and determine if you need more. Foods that contain lycopene include tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit and guava, but it is generally poorly absorbed from fresh foods. Oddly, processing for foods such as ketchup, tomato juice, tomato paste and pizza sauce releases lycopene from the tomato tissue and makes it more absorbable than lycopene from fresh tomatoes. If you do not get enough lycopene via foods, you can easily add lycopene supplements to your diet via vitamins.
Select your needed dosage for your medical requirements. Although the optimal dose of lycopene for its general antioxidant benefits is not known, most researchers suggest consuming 10 servings of tomato products each week which equals to 6-15 mg of lycopene daily.
Doses vary when specific health conditions apply. For instance, for cancer protection, a minimum dosage of 6.5 mg per day is recommended. Regarding asthmatic conditions, lycopene supplementation was shown to help with exercise-induced asthma in those who took 30 mg/daily. Prostate heath concerns require 6 to 7 mg of lycopene daily.
Determine price range. Lycopene is readily available at most drugstores and is contained in many multivitamins. There are no special considerations regarding vitamins that need to be taken in tandem with lycopene to be effective.
Check for side effects, allergic reactions and drug interactions. Tomatoes and tomato products have been consumed for generations and no adverse effects have been reported, and there are no known drug interactions. Some substances such as cholestyramine, colestipol, mineral oil, and orlistat may decrease lycopene absorption if taken at the same time. Some vitamin capsules contain soy, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, whey, gluten, nuts or shellfish; if you have an allergy to any of these items, you should double check the vitamin bottle label.