Michigan-based Telos Ceuticals, LLC has launched a new carotenoid-rich extract from Momordica cochinchinensis Spreng, offering 76 times the amount of lycopene in tomatoes, 60 times the vitamin C in oranges, and 10 times the beta-carotene in carrots.
Supplements of the lycopene, the carotenoid that give tomatoes
their red colour, may be as effective as statins to reduce the
formation of plaques in the arteries that cause atherosclerosis,
says a new study with rabbits.
Phytoene and phytofluene, lesser known compounds from tomatoes,
also accumulate in significant quantities in key organs, and may
play a role in the health benefits previously attributed to
lycopene, suggests a new study with rats.
LycoRed is introducing a new lycopene ingredient in the form of a
dried cherry tomato that is remarkably high in the antioxidant,
enabling foods to be fortified without complex regulatory
situations posing a barrier.
Researchers from Taiwan are eying a combination of gelatin and
poly(-glutamic acid) (-PGA) for the encapsulation of lycopene from
tomato pulp waste, offering alternatives for the ingredient
increasingly in the consumer's eye.