LycoRed gains patent for sunburn blend

Multi-ingredient blend protects from inside the body

International Israeli-based lycopene specialist LycoRed has won an Australian patent for a skin-protecting carotenoid blend.

The blend is composed of tomato-derived lycopene, phytoene and phytofluene, as well as vitamin E. It is designed for use in supplements and functional foods and beverages, rather than topical applications typically employed to combat ultraviolet radiation.

"This is a natural lycopene composition that can be either encapsulated in a soft gel or easily added to a beverage to create a year-round fortified sun protection drink," said Zohar Nir, PhD, LycoRed's vice president of new product development. "While it does not replace topical sunscreen, when taken daily, it provides a degree of both UVA and UVB protection even during months of the year when one is not likely to apply a topical lotion."

He added: "We need to meet the needs of today's consumers, and while the convenience of a capsule may work for some, others will welcome these sun protection ingredients in a more traditional food form, like a juice drink."

LycoRed's supporting research found natural lycopene was more effective than synthetic lycopene in protecting the skin from UV damage, and was improved when formulated with the antioxidants phytoene, phytofluene and vitamin E.

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