What is Lycopene?

What is lycopene?

Lycopene is a bright red pigment found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables. The lycopene content of each plant depends on the species and generally increases as the fruits ripens.

Why is lycopene important?

Lycopene is known to be a potent antioxidant and a ‘mopper-upper’ of potentially harmful unpaired oxygen molecules in the body, called free radicals. These molecules search for another molecule to pair up with, which initiates a chain reaction that can damage the function of healthy cells and lead to cardiovascular disease or other health issues.

The need for antioxidants in our daily life is becoming more important due to our increased exposure to free radicals from environmental pollution. Illness and stress can also increase the body’s production of free radicals. 

What reduces our ability to process Lycopene?

Whilst everyone is different, our ability to process Lycopene can be reduced from the age of 50 and over.

The sources of Lycopene


Lycopene is available in a number of red fruits and vegetables, notably tomatoes, carrots, watermelons and papayas. It is not present in strawberries or cherries.

Tomatoes and tomato-based sauces, juices and ketchup account for more than 85% of the dietary intake of lycopene for most people.

However, in order to absorb beneficial quantities of lycopene, our diet would need to include a considerable quantity of lycopene rich fruits and vegetables, and increasing age can then also reduce our bodies ability to process lycopene.

Ateronon Heart+ from FutureYou

ATERONON HEART combines our patented LactoLycopene formulation with thiamine and selenium to support a healthy heart.

  • Contributes to normal heart function
  • Proven lycopene absorption
  • Suitable for statin users

Why is bioavailability (absorbability) so important?

Bioavailability is the proportion of a substance, which enters the circulation when introduced into the body and so is able to have an active effect. At FutureYou we offer bioavailable products, which means that we can keep our promise of delivering more of the good stuff to your body.

How is ATERONON HEART from FutureYou made more bioavailable?

Lycopene on its own has a large crystalline structure which makes it very hard for our bodies to absorb. To make it easier to absorb (more bioavailable) we combined lycopene with whey protein (a by-product of cheese production). As the lycopene sits in a whey protein matrix it is prevented from forming large crystal structures, which makes it easier to absorb. The combination of the lycopene and whey protein is called LactoLycopene.

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ATERONON HEART health supplement