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Baba Farid University Dental Journal
Year : 2010, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : ( 46) Last page : ( 49)
Print ISSN : 0976-8181.

Lycopene – role in health and disease

Trivedi Ashwarya1Senior Lecturer, Ruchi Mehta1P.G. Student, Datt Som1Professor and Head, Sharma Arwinder2Reader

1Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, Punjab.

2Department of General Surgery, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, Punjab.

Address for Correspondence: Ashwarya Trivedi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, Punjab e-mail: ashwaryasharma@hotmail.com

Abstract

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a hydrocarbon antioxidant that is the source of the red coloring in ripe tomatoes. The potential benefits of nutritional antioxidants such as lycopene have received a great deal of attention in the present days. As tomatoes are an important constituent of our diet and are relatively cheaper than various commercial preparations available in market, more and more interest is arising regarding their therapeutic benefits in various diseases. This review highlights the importance of Lycopene in maintaining normal health and its role in various diseases.

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