White Plains, New York, January 14, 2013 – Lycopene supplements, which contain the red, antioxidant pigment found in tomatoes, vary widely in price and quality, according to a recent review by ConsumerLab.com. Among eight brands of lycopene supplements selected for testing, one contained only 42% of its listed amount of lycopene and its pills would not fully break apart during disintegration testing. Seven products passed the testing, as did five other lycopene supplements evaluated through ConsumerLab.com’s Voluntary Certification Program. Among the products Approved for Quality by ConsumerLab.com, the cost to obtain 10 mg of lycopene averaged 55 cents, with the lowest being 10 cents.
Intake of lycopene from foods and supplements has been associated with reduced risk of certain cancers but the evidence remains preliminary. Other preliminary evidence suggests applications in the prevention of preeclampsia in pregnancy, gingivitis, and the treatment of the precancerous condition leukoplakia.
ConsumerLab.com’s Lycopene Supplements Review can be found at https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/lycopene_supplements_review/lycopene/. The report provides test results, quality ratings, and ingredient and cost comparisons for 13 lycopene supplements. It also reviews the potential benefits and side effects of lycopene and discusses natural versus synthetic forms of lycopene. The following products are covered in the report, including two products similar to Approved products:
· Carlson Lycopene
· Douglas Laboratories Lycopene
· GNC Preventive Nutrition Lycopene
· KAL Lycopene
· Life Time Lycopene
· Natrol Lycopene
· Nature's Bounty Lycopene
· Nature's Life Lycopene
· New Chapter Lycopom®
· Puritan's Pride Lycopene
· Spring Valley (Walmart) Lycopene
· Thompson Lycopene
· Vitamin Power Lycopene
· Vitamin Shoppe Lyc-O-Mato® Lycopene
· Vitamin World Lycopene
ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Reviews of other popular types of supplements are available from www.consumerlab.com. Subscription to ConsumerLab.com is available online. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products.