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J Basic Clin Pharm. 2012 Mar;3(2):261-4. Epub 2012 May 15.

Lycopene: redress for prostate cancer.

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Donbosco P.G. College of Pharmacy, 5 Mile, Pulladigunta, Kornepadu (V), Vatticherukuru (M), Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Pin-522017, India.


Lycopene, a carotenoid is what that gives red colour to some fruits like pomegranate, tomato, papaya etc... People with a sound diet of lycopene may have a less risk of cancers especially prostate cancer which is most impedent for the males of age 40-50 years. So, in countries of north America and Europe food contains much of the lycopene supplements. In accordance with the American journal of epidemiology 2002 studies implies that men with crushed serum lycopene levels are more divulged to prostate cancer and those with sound diet of lycopene have a less risk of prostate cancer. In a care study conveyed by The British journal of urology, men with prostate cancer are subjected to surgery and the tumour is detonated. Amongst the men half a set were supplemented with lycopene supplements and half were not. Those subjected with lycopene supplements have less bone pains and live longer than those not supplemented. This paints a picture about importance of lycopene in treatment of prostate cancer. This article evokes the importance of lycopene and its way of destroying the cancer. Lycopene reduces the risk of cancer by diverging its effect on the plasma Insulin like growth factor, on Connexins , and the most acceptable one, by quench of free radicals.


Anti oxidant; Connexins; Insulin like growth factor; Lycopene; Prostate cancer; conjugated bonds


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