Atherosclerosis is a condition caused by long-term plaques built-up on the wall of the arteries. Over time, continued plaques accumulation can lead to cardiovascular disease.
In other words, narrowing the arteries due to plaques accumulation is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood.
Epidemiologically, the most common risk factors of atherosclerosis are unhealthy blood cholesterol levels associated with high levels of bad and low levels of good cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, insulin resistance, diabetes, overweight or obesity, physical inactivity.
Dr. Lovren F and colleagues wrote, "Obesity is a multifactorial chronic disease characterized by an accumulation of visceral and subcutaneous fat, which leads to a predisposition toward cardiometabolic diseases".
And, " A plethora of mechanisms, including abnormalities in lipid metabolism, insulin resistance, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, adipokine imbalance, and inflammasome activation have been suggested to underlie the relationship between obesity and atherosclerosis.".
Lycopene is a phytochemical found in tomato in the class of carotenoid, a natural pigment with no vitamin A activity found abundantly in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, and papayas,
Tomatoes provide about 80% of the lycopene in the world diet. In plants, lycopene protects the host against excessive photodamage and perform various functions in photosynthesis.
On finding a potent compound for the protection of arterial functions, researchers investigated the effects of lycopene on the diet-induced increase in serum lipid levels and the initiation of atherosclerosis in an animal model.
New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits.enrolled in the study were divided into four groups of 9 animals each, fed either a standard diet, a high-cholesterol diet containing 0.5% cholesterol, a high-cholesterol diet containing placebo beadlets, or a high-cholesterol diet plus 5 mg/kg body weight/day of lycopene (in the form of lycopene beadlets), for 4 weeks.
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(1) Evaluation of Antioxidant, Hypolipidemic, and Antiatherogenic Property of Lycopene and Astaxanthin in Atherosclerosis-induced Rats by Kumar R1, Salwe KJ2, Kumarappan M. (PubMed)
(2) Effects of lycopene on the initial state of atherosclerosis in New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits by Lorenz M1, Fechner M, Kalkowski J, Fröhlich K, Trautmann A, Böhm V, Liebisch G, Lehneis S, Schmitz G, Ludwig A, Baumann G, Stangl K, Stangl V. (PubMed)