fS-Lykop ATK 8017
Lycopene is recognized as the red pigment found in tomatoes, and it falls under the category of carotenoids. This group encompasses other compounds like alpha- and beta-carotene. Multiple research studies have demonstrated that a substantial intake of lycopene can offer protective benefits against conditions such as cancer, as well as heart and cardiovascular diseases. Lycopene-rich sources include tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and rosehip. Similar to other carotenoids, the optimal absorption of lycopene occurs from processed foods. Processes like grinding and cooking notably enhance its absorption. Notably, sources of lycopene that surpass fresh tomatoes in content include items like ketchup, tomato juice, or tomato paste.
Determining the lycopene levels in the body.
Blood sample. Requires 12 hours of fasting. Glass of water and usual medication is allowed.
1 mL (minimum 0.5 mL) of serum (12 hours fasting). Protect from direct sunlight.
Storage and delivery
Delivery at room temperature on the sampling day. Store refrigerated over the weekend, ship at room temperature.
Liquid chromatography (HPLC).
0.01 – 0.90 µmol/L
The same sample may be used to test for vitamin A (KL 1113), vitamin E (KL 3169) and beta-carotene (KL 3927).
Last update 8.8.2023