A double blind, placebo-controlled study which demonstrated supplementation with Lycopene tomato extract helped protect the skin against damage from UV radiation by reducing sunburn cell formation and protecting the skin’s immune system slowing down the depletion of Langerhans cells, following exposure to UVB/UVA solar simulator.
Sunburn cell formation is indicative of photo-damage to the skin and depletion of Langerhans cells negatively affects the important immune function of the skin. Oral supplementation with an antioxidant-rich, natural tomato extract can help protect the health and immune integrity of the skin.
Subjects in this study consumed their normal diet, supplemented with Lyc-O-Mato capsules (10mg/d of lycopene) or a placebo for 10 weeks. At the end of the study period subjects were exposed to UV radiation from a solar simulator, following which, skin cells were sampled and assessed. The Lyc-O-Mato group showed a sunburn cell count six times lower than in the placebo group, and showed evidence of reduced depletion of Langerhands cells.