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December 01, 2010

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This is really interesting. I haven't seen too much information other than calcium and vitamin D for osteoporosis. With all of the claims coming out about bisphosphonate causing fractures, I think it's time to look into something else for osteoporosis.

This is really interesting! I remember reading that lycopene is actually found in far greater concentrations in canned tomatoes compared to fresh tomatoes. Pasta sauce anyone?

It was interesting to see that the daily fruits and vegetables (e.g., pink grapefruit, guava, watermelon and rosehips and tomatoes) that we consume are loaded with lycopene, which may have protective effects against osteoporosis. Fruits and vegetables are advised by experts for healthy living, so this is just one more reason to eat them.

I agree with JFC. It’s hard for healthcare professionals to sort the good data from the bad, never mind consumers with no health background. Studies like this may boost sales for tomato-based products, but they are ultimately confusing consumers.

JFC, you bring up a good point about the Heinz and LycoRed funding. I'd like to see an impartial source investigate the potential benefit of lycopene in osteoporosis. Until then, I'll continue eating tomatoes for their taste and confirmed nutritional benefits!

This is interesting – and great news. It’s another good reason to include an abundant array of diverse fruits, vegetables and unprocessed or minimally processed foods in your diet. As these studies advance, I think we’ll continue to learn more about the advantages of this approach to feeding ourselves and our families.

Although this study is promising for lycopene, I find the Heinz and LycoRed funding to be disconcerting. Too many studies with manufacturing funding are broadcast on the news and confusing consumers. Until these potential benefits are evaluated by an unbiased source, it is hard to say whether these results are accurate or just another form of advertising.

Ellen is right. It is nice to see a study about something other than calcium for bone health and osteoporosis. However, as some of the other readers have mentioned, lycopene would be in your diet if you ate balanced, nutritious foods. Therefore, perhaps, the focus on a healthy diet for prevention of osteoporosis, as well as many, many other diseases would be one of the best things you can do for yourself.

I knew that lycopene was good for us, but I had no idea it protects against osteoporosis. Since women typically eat more salads than men, this provide a great opportunity to eat more tomatoes.

It would be interesting to see if women in Italy have lower rates of Osteoporosis than other women since tomatoes are used in Italian foods more than others. It would be really interesting to see how effective lycopene can be.

I have heard so much about lycopene lately, I decided to do a little bit of research to find some foods that contain lycopene. Tomatoes and tomato products obviously have it. Watermelon also contains quite a bit of lycopene. One raw tomato has 3165mcg, and a raw watermelon wedge contains 12962mcg, according to a source I found. Tomato sauce and ketchup are also great ways to get some lycopene. Carrots, asparagus and red peppers also have a small amount of lycopene. So to me, if you have a salad with dinner you will get a fair amount of lycopene daily.

As a woman with a family history of osteoporosis, I was excited to read this article on the new potential protective effects of lycopene. I am also at an increased risk due to a milk allergy I have dealt with since birth, which has significantly impaired my calcium intake. I think it's great that everyday foods, such as salads, tomato soup, ketchup, pasta sauces, etc., may have great antioxidant effects that could slow bone resorption.

I'm definitely eager to see follow-up studies on this subject. Hopefully, these new findings will encourage women to eat these foods and bring down the vast number of people affected by osteoporosis - currently eight million women and two million men in the U.S. alone!

I’ve never heard of lycopene for osteoporosis. It has typically been associated with heart health. The study shows that lycopene consumption leads to increased antioxidant activity and decreased bone resorption. I wonder if that may be the mechanism of action.

Good sources of lycopene are pink grapefruit, guava, watermelon and rosehips, but the most common and perhaps most powerful are tomatoes.

Tomatoes are chock full of lycopene. Fresh tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, but cooked tomato products (such as tomato and pizza sauce, tomato juice, tomato soup and even ketchup), are more concentrated. For example, one fresh tomato contains 3.7 mgs of lycopene, while one cup of tomato soup has 24.8 mgs of lycopene. Because of the form of lycopene in this cooked type of tomato product, the body can more easily absorb the chemical. Therefore, it is better to consume cooked or processed tomatoes than fresh tomatoes to get more lycopene.

Lycopene seems to be in the news a lot lately. I always hear about it being used for the prevention of prostate cancer and other cancers, as well as for its great antioxidant effects, but I've never known it to be used for the prevention of osteoporosis.

I just looked it up in Natural Standard, and for the amount that I feel like I hear about lycopene, all of the indications are C or D, which are unclear evidence and fair negative evidence, respectively. However, there are many indications listed, which is also interesting. Hopefully, more research is in the works because preventing cancers and osteoporosis is very important!

This article reminded me of a story I heard on the news last night regarding new conflicting evidence about calcium intake and women. With so much conflict about what women should eat and supplement with when they are young, I am glad research is also progressing for treatment. Osteoporosis runs in my family, and this study shows promise. Hopefully, additional studies (without manufacturer funding) will be initiated as a result.

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