Pre-treatment with the tomato extract was found to reverse the effects of oxidative stress on the skin
A recent study has provided evidence that Lycomato, Lycored’s standardised tomato extract, can protect the skin from oxidative stress.
Researchers in Israel exposed human dermal fibroblasts to oxidative stress, which led to cell death and decreased pro-collagen secretion. However, pre-treatment with Lycomato was found to reverse the effects of oxidative stress.
It reduced the rise in MMP-1 secretion, an enzyme responsible for collagen damage, by around 50%, and completely restored pro-collagen secretion.
Positive effects were also observed for pre-treatment with rosemary extract, which decreased MMP-1 secretion and increased pro-collagen secretion to basal levels. Although both Lycomato and rosemary extract delivered significant benefits alone, their effects were heightened when they were combined.
The study suggests supplementation with carotenoids and other phytonutrients in Lycomato can reduce oxidative stress-induced damage, with benefits for skin health and appearance. The researchers say these findings may be particularly relevant to efforts to reduce skin damage caused by UV radiation and environmental pollutants, as well as the natural ageing process.
Dr Karin Hermoni, Head of Science & Product at Lycored said: “We’ve long known about the many links between the components of our diet and the health of our skin. This study provides exciting new evidence that the carotenoids and other phytonutrients in Lycomato offer significant protection against the damage caused by oxidative stress. It also demonstrates that it’s a perfect partner for collagen in skin health supplements, and in anti-ageing products in particular.”