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How to Absorb Lycopene?

Learn - Tuesday 23, 2021

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The absorption rate of lycopene is higher than that of α-carotene and β-carotene, but it is also affected by many factors. The cis configuration is easier to absorb than the trans configuration of lycopene. Most of the naturally occurring lycopene is in the all-trans configuration, while in human tissues it is mostly in the cis configuration (>50%), and the proportion of the cis configuration of lycopene in the body does not vary with food The configuration of lycopene changes. It is currently believed that lycopene in the trans configuration is mostly transformed into the cis configuration in the gastrointestinal tract before absorption. The protein-carotene complex in food, a large amount of soluble dietary fiber (if glue), combined with cholesterol and resin, and lack of iron, zinc and protein, suffering from intestinal diseases, etc. may interfere with the absorption of lycopene. Thermal processing can convert the trans structure of some natural lycopene into cis structure, and the lipids in the food matrix can promote the release of lycopene. The lycopene after adding oil and heat treatment is easier to absorb than unprocessed lycopene. 

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Different human experiments have reported that the half-life of lycopene can be between 2 to 3 days to 10 to 33 days. The nutritional status of lycopene can generally be judged by the concentration of serum lycopene. The serum lycopene content of American adults is mostly between 0.42~0.47μmol/L, but the dietary structure and the intake of lycopene in my country and European and American countries are quite different. At present, there is still a lack of comparison of the serum lycopene content of Chinese residents. Based on the basic data of the system, there are literature reports on the determination of serum samples of 69 adults aged 30-92 years in a certain community in Shanghai. The average content of lycopene is about 0.32μg/mL (about 0.59μmol/L).

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