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3 of the best lycopene supplements 2022

07 Apr 2022 • 4 min read

Have you been recommended a lycopene supplement?

Maybe you’re just curious as to what this mysterious substance is and why it’s so important? Either way, you have come to the right place!

Explore all things lycopene & discover 3 of the best lycopene supplements we sell here at Holland & Barrett to see which one is best for you and your needs.

What is lycopene?

Lycopene is a type of carotenoid – a class of 750+ naturally occurring pigments found in plants, algae and some types of bacteria.

These carotenoids are vividly coloured and provide the colours of some of our favourite fruits and vegetables, especially the yellow, orange and red ones.1

Lycopene gives fruits and vegetables a red or pink colour, so you’ll find it in the following:

Most people get a lot of their dietary lycopene from processed tomato products, like tomato sauces, pasta sauce, etc.2

What does lycopene do?

Lycopene has been extensively researched for over 70 years, with over 2000 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and countless other publications.3

Most of the studies focus on lycopene derived from tomatoes, as they are the most popular source.

Beta-carotene (that makes carrots orange!) and lycopene are the most abundant carotenoids in human blood and tissues.4

What is the best source of lycopene?

The best sources of lycopene will always be from fresh fruits and vegetables, as you also get all the other nutrients and macronutrients.

You can also get your lycopene from processed foods like tomato sauces and even pizzas (woo hoo!).

In fact, one study suggests that a little processing may help your body better absorb lycopene and other carotenoids; results showed that lycopene concentrations in blood only increased when participants consumed the processed tomato juice.

However, if you want to accurately monitor your intake (or simply don’t like red/pink fruits and veggies) a supplement can be a good way to get your fill.

What are lycopene supplements good for?

Lycopene supplements are a great option for people who don’t like lycopene-rich foods like tomatoes and pink grapefruits.

You can take them anywhere, e.g., to work and on holiday, so you can guarantee you’re getting some every day.

What is the recommended dosage for lycopene?

There is no current recommended daily intake for lycopene, but studies and reputable lycopene supplement manufacturers suggest that a dose of 10-30mg a day.4,5

With that being said, you should always follow the guidance of the manufacturer when taking lycopene supplements.

When should I take a lycopene supplement?

It doesn’t really matter when you take a lycopene supplement, but it is always best to take it with food.

In fact, research suggests that lycopene is better absorbed when taken with fats as it is fat-soluble.6

So whether you get your lycopene from foods or supplements, try to take it with a meal containing fats – even if it's just some olive oil or avocado.

Why is lycopene bad for you?

As lycopene is extracted from natural fruits and vegetables – usually tomatoes – it is very rare that it could be bad for you unless that food is bad for you.

For example, if your body tolerates tomatoes, you should be totally fine with a lycopene supplement extracted from tomatoes.

Always check with your GP before you start taking a lycopene supplement and please contact them if you do experience any side effects.

The health benefits of lycopene

Discover what lycopene does and its benefits.

Three of the best lycopene supplements 

Below are three of our most popular lycopene supplements, along with what our customers have to say about them. 

  1. The best value vegan lycopene supplement

Holland & Barrett Lycopene 10mg, 50 Tablets

Simple yet effective – this lycopene supplement contains 10mg of high-quality lycopene, so you don’t have to rely on your diet to make sure you’re getting enough of the good stuff!

They are of great value and suitable for vegetarians and vegans, so everyone can experience the benefits of this natural compound.

Key benefits

  • 10mg of high-quality lycopene in each easy-to-swallow capsule
  • Provides an alternate source of lycopene that’s found in watermelons, apricots, red oranges, guavas, and tomatoes
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

What our customers think

Macbeth 12345 – Lycopene – 5/5 stars

“Used this for many years works very well with no nasty additives would recommend especially for men.”

Caz A – Something my husband was recommended – 5/5 stars

“This item was recommended to my husband to take on top of his general vitamin and mineral supplements as he eats very little of either fruit or vegetable. It seems to do exactly what it says it will - we will keep on using it.”

  1. The best high-strength lycopene supplement

Vitabiotics Ultra Lycopene, 30 Tablets

All the lycopene goodness from tomatoes in handy tablet form!

These Ultra Lycopene supplements contain a high-strength dose of 15mg of lycopene from tomato extract.

Key benefits:

  • Contains 430mg of tomato extract, which provides 15mg of lycopene
  • No artificial colours or preservatives
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  1. The best lycopene supplement for hair, skin and nails

H&B Expert Multi Action Skin, Hair & Nails

Looking for a supplement to help support the health of your hair, skin and nails?

This high-strength formula by H&B Expert contains the expertly formulated SkinAx2 multi-nutrient blend that contains lycopene, as well as biotin, selenium, zinc and vitamin C.

All of the active ingredients in the SkinAx2 multi-nutrient blend help your skin glow from the inside out by improving skin radiance, luminosity, elasticity and clarity.

Key benefits:

  • High strength essential vitamin and mineral blend including lycopene
  • SkinAx2 multi-nutrient blend helps to improve skin radiance, luminosity, elasticity and clarity
  • Suitable for vegetarians

The final say

  • Lycopene is a carotenoid found that gives red/pink coloured fruits and vegetables their colour, e.g. tomatoes and watermelons
  • Lycopene supplements are an easy and convenient way to get your daily fill of lycopene, especially if your diet looks a little sparse in the fruit and vegetable department
  • Most lycopene supplements are made from tomato extracts, and you can also experience the benefits of lycopene first-hand with tomato products like juices and sauces
  • There are no current recommendations for how much lycopene you should get a day, but evidence suggests that 10-30mg is a good dose to aim for
  • We hope this article has helped you understand what lycopene is, why you may want to use it, and the different supplements that are available to you

Top lycopene supplements of 2022...

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The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 7 April 2022

bhupesh-panchal

Bhupesh Panchal

Author

Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
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