Lycopene & Your Colon

 Lycopene, a carotenoid from tomatoes, has been found to be inversely related to cancer risk. A recent Dutch study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researched how lycopene might affect the body in persons at greater risk for colorectal cancer. The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded crossover study included 40 men and 31 postmenopausal women with a family history of colorectal cancer and/or a personal history of colorectal adenomas.*

Higher circulating insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) concentrations have been found to be linked to a greater risk of cancer. Lycopene was thought to increase levels of a protein that binds with this and therefore lowers the chance of cancer. After 8 weeks, the researchers found increases in the participants’ “IGF-binding protein(BP)-1 and IGFBP-2 concentrations, thereby potentially decreasing the IGF-I bioavailability” according to lead author Alina Vreiling of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. The researchers are hoping to see the results confirmed in larger intervention studies.

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* A. Vrieling, D.W. Voskuil, J.M. Bonfrer, C.M. Korse, J. van Doorn, A. Cats, A.C. Depla, R. Timmer, B.J. Witteman, F.E. van Leeuwen, L.J. van’t Veer, M.A. Rookus, E. Kampman. “Lycopene supplementation elevates circulating insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-1 and -2 concentrations in persons at greater risk of colorectal cancer.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. November 2007, Volume 86, Pages 1456-1462.

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