Product Code: LLyco
Lycopene is a fat-soluble carotenoid. It is one of the strongest antioxidants found in the tissues and has been shown to reduce the risks of various cancers, especially prostate cancer. Foods that have the highest levels of lycopene are red tomatoes (NOT the yellow ones), catsup, tomato paste and tomato juice. The incidence of prostate cancer in Italian men (where tomato products are consumed in large amounts), is about 60% less than in the U.S. High levels of lycopene also protect against breast cancer and ovarian cancer. High lycopene concentrations in the serum is also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in middle aged and elderly women.
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Process time: 5 to 7 business days
Process method: The methodology is by HPLC as for the other lipid-soluble vitamins.
CPT code: 82491
Special instructions: None
Rejection causes: Gross Hemolysis
Patient prep: None
Specimen volume: 1 mL serum; light protected
Minimum volume: 0.2 mL
Collection container: SST or red-stopper tube
Transport container: Amber plastic transport tube
Transport instructions: Refrigerate or freeze
Collection instructions: Click here for PDF
Normal values: The accepted normal range established in our laboratory is: 13 to 54 ug/dL.
Reference one: Giovannucci, E. Tomatoes, tomato-based products, lycopene and cancer: review of the epidemiologic literature. J Nat Can Inst, 1999, 91(4):317-331.
Reference two: Jackson, JA, Riordan, HD, et al. Lycopene: its role in health and disease. J OrthoMol Med, 2000, 15(2):103-105.
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