Determination of lycopene in Syrian tomatoes and their products

  • 07 Dec 2020
  • Ongoing Research - Pharmacy

Afraa Alnokkari


Post Graduate Studies, Research & IR Council Meeting No. 1, 22/11/2020

Date of Acceptance

Nowadays, there are epidemiological data indicating that the consumption of tomatoes and tomato products is strongly correlated with several health benefits, mostly due to the presence of carotenoids and, in particular, lycopene. The biological effects of lycopene in humans have been attributed to mechanisms other than vitamin A including antioxidant effects and immune response modulators (Roldan-Gutierrez and Luque de Castro 2007). Therefore, consumption of lycopene has been associated with a number of nutritional and health benefits such as decreased risk of chronic diseases, especially cancer and cardiovascular diseases and the antioxidant properties of lycopene are thought to be primarily responsible for its beneficial effects (Agarwal and Rao 2000; Ellinger et al. 2006). Lycopene is one of the most potent antioxidants, with a singlet oxygen quenching ability twice as high as that of β-carotene and ten times higher than that of α-tocopherol and, therefore, presumably the most effective in protecting against oxidative damage from free radicals (Di Mascio et al. 1989). The aim of this study is to determine the concentration of lycopene in Syrian tomatoes and Syrian tomato products using high performance liquid chromatography to show the importance of the consumption of this tomatoes and because of the lack of previous studies to determine the concentration of lycopene in Syrian tomatoes.