Tomato paste rich in lycopene protects against cutaneous photoda

Background: We examined whether tomato paste – rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant – can protect human skin against UVR-induced effects partially mediated by oxidative stress, i.e. erythema, matrix changes and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage.

Conclusions: Tomato paste containing lycopene provides protection against acute and potentially longer term aspects of photodamage.

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