What is lycopene?
Lycopene is a red pigmented caroteniod found in tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. There is a scientic debate over the benefits of lycopene. Lycopene may be helpful for the preventions of various forms of cancer, heart disease, human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and cataracts.

What happens if I have a deficiency in lycopene?
There is no well establish definition for lycopene defiencieny and low levels of lycopene have not been associated with any adverse side effects.

What happens if I have excess lycopene?
High intakes of lycopene-rich foods or supplements may result in a deep orange discoloration of the skin known as lycopenodermia. Skin discoloration subsides after a change in diet.


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What is the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)?
There is no RDA for cholesterol.