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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