Does Oral Lycopene Reduce Benign Prostate Enlargement/Hyperplasia (BPE/BPH)?
Author(s): Hitendra RH Patel, Walid Elbakbak, Amina Bouhelal and Stig MüllerHitendra RH Patel, Walid Elbakbak, Amina Bouhelal and Stig Müller
Aims: Lycopene is a potent antioxidant found in ‘Mediterranean diets’ with evidence suggesting a beneficial effect on the prostate. Our objective was to critically appraise the current literature whether Lycopene has a beneficial effect on benign prostatic enlargement. Methods: We searched PubMed electronic databases for articles published through 2000. The following key words used: lycopene and prostate or prostrate cancer or prostatitis or BPH or BOO or LUTS or LUTD or BPE, in vitro or in vivo, animal study. Results: The literature search identified 91 articles for analysis, 24 in vitro, 9 in vivo, 43 clinical and 15 review articles. We analyzed the papers with regards to bioavailability of lycopene, laboratory findings and clinical results of lycopene supplementation. Conclusions: Lycopene has beneficial effects on prostate and several mech.. Read More»