Lycopene & Male Health

tomatoesLycopene is a carotenoid, a type of pigment produced by plants. Its purpose is to protect plants from environmental stress and assist with photosynthesis. This red pigment is found within a variety of vegetables and fruits, including guava, apricots, pink grapefruit, and watermelon. However, we get the majority of lycopene in our diet from tomato-based products. Although raw tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, processed products such as tomato puree and pastes make this compound more easily absorbed by the body.

Potent Antioxidant

When consumed, lycopene is converted into a range of metabolites and becomes an important antioxidant. Consequently, this substance helps to protect the body from oxidative stress and free radical damage. This can assist in the prevention of various diseases that arise as a result of cell mutations.

Preventing Heart Disease

There have been many studies investigating the role of lycopene and chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular aliments. It has been shown that lycopene can help to lower the production of ‘bad’ cholesterol and enhance the breakdown of low-density lipoproteins. This can help to reduce the stress placed on the arteries and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Supporting Healthy Prostate

tomato-juiceLycopene is particularly important for male health. Studies have shown that lycopene has a role in preserving prostrate health.
An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) leads to problems such as frequent urination, urinary hesitancy, urinary tract infections and other associated symptoms. Initial research has shown that lycopene prevents the growth of prostate cells and stops prostate enlargement.

Safeguarding Against Cancer

There have been various studies that suggest lycopene may help to safeguard the body from various cancers, including lung, skin, liver and colon. Also, high blood serum lycopene concentrations have been linked to a decreased risk of prostate cancer in men.

Enhancing Male Fertility

Other research has found an association between lycopene and male fertility. An Indian-based study investigating idiopathic infertility found that men who were given lycopene daily over a period of three months significantly improved fertility. The results of the trial showed increased sperm mobility, morphology and concentration.


Clearly lycopene is an important carotenoid offering a multitude of health benefits, especially for men. EverSun Health’s Men’s Everyday Energy Multivitamin contains 3mg of lycopene sourced from tomato extract. This helps to enhance antioxidant activity and protect the body.