Lycopene is an antioxidant. This is a benefit when if comes to cholesterol because it decreases levels of free radicals. Free radicals cause the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and subsequent chain of events that narrow arteries. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene. I would not necessarily recommend focusing on just lycopene to lower cholesterol levels, but would recommend increasing your intake of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. However, if you want to use lycopene I'm aware of one study that showed a 14% decrease in LDL cholesterol from supplementation of 60 mg per day.
I recommend discussing with your physician.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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Thank you for your help and advice. I am allergic to the statins and zetia - and have very abnormal Chol & trigylc. levels of a familial type. I'm feeling desparate and helpless. I'm increasing fiber, taking fish oil and lycopene...........any other ideas??
Here is a link to a checklist of basic steps to lower cholesterol:
I have just started a regime of Lycopene based upon a study and product out of England called Ateronon. They seem to have the "too good to be true" scenario that prevents the oxidation of LDL which reduces the formation of plaque in the arteries to almost zero. Time will tell as I have not had cholesterol checked since starting. The other issue is I do not know if standard cholesterol checks show changes in oxidation of LDL as I do not know if it actually causes a drop in actual LDL. I heard about this product while in London it was announced through the British Cardiovascular Society so I give it some credence.