List of Archives

Back To Archive Home Page


The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 15, 2nd Quarter 2000

ABSTRACT

Lycopene: Its Role in Health and Disease

J.A. JACKSON, MT(ASCP) CLS, Ph.D., BCLD; H.D. RIORDAN, M.D.; C. REVARD, B.S., CLS; J. TIEMEYER, B.S., MT(ASCP)


Download The Full Text Article in (PDF)

Back to 2000 2nd Quarter Table of Contents

Back to 2000 archives

Subscribe to the JOM


To date, about 600 different carotenoids have been discovered. Carotenoids are fatsoluble nutrients that help give orange, red and yellow color to various plants and, in some cases, are associated with chlorophyll. Since these compounds were first isolated from carrots, they are called carotenoids. There are about 20 different carotenoids present in human plasma. The five most abundant in human plasma are lutein, lycopene, beta-cryptoxanthin, alpha- and beta-carotene. The best known member of the carotenoids is betacarotene. It is an antioxidaot that helps stimulate the immune system and protects against some types of cancer In addition to acting as an antioxidant on its own, beta-carotene has the ability to produce two molecules of vitamin A. Other carotenoids lack this ability. Alpha-carotene, for example, is only half as efficient in producing vitamin A as beta-carotene, while lycopene lacks the ability to form any vitamin A.


[Home] [History] [Library] [Nutrients] [Resources] [Contact] [Contribute]
Back To Molecule

This website is managed by Riordan Clinic
A Non-profit 501(c)(3) Medical, Research and Educational Organization
3100 North Hillside Avenue, Wichita, KS 67219 USA
Phone: 316-682-3100; Fax: 316-682-5054
© (Riordan Clinic) 2004 - 2017

Information on Orthomolecular.org is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice.
Consult your orthomolecular health care professional for individual guidance on specific health problems.