Can lycopene and other natural tomato phytonutrients help prevent osteoporosis?

Canadian researcher finds Lyc-O-Mato® formulation may help prevent bone mass loss and actually promote new bone cell activity.

Two recent clinical studies conducted at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada suggest that a natural tomato complex may not only help prevent bone loss but may actually promote new bone cell activity.

Dr. Leticia Rao, St. Michael's Hospital, in collaboration with Dr. Venket Rao, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has shown that a water-dispersable Lyc-O-Mato® formulation promotes the growth and development of human osteoblasts, that are responsible for making bone. (Abstract published in the conference proceedings of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 2001 and manuscript submitted for publication to Journal of Nutrition Research.)

In another recently completed study, they have also shown that a water-dispersible Lyc-O-Mato® formulation inhibits the formation and activity of human osteoclasts, the cells that are responsible for the destruction of bone.

“Together, these findings are significant in the fight against osteoporosis,” said Drs. Rao, who have additional clinical studies underway on the effects of lycopene and other tomato phytonutrients on bone health.

Lyc-O-Mato® is the only all-natural lycopene complex that delivers lycopene in the tomato's own oil, complete with natural vitamin E, and other phytonutrients.

Lyc-O-Mato® is a registered trademark of LycoRed Natural Products Industries Ltd., Israel. Research studies, experts on lycopene, and b-roll are available. For further information contact Media Relations at (800) 999-4859 Ext 257.

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