• Antioxidant
  • Antitumor
  • Cardioprotective
  • Heptoprotective
  • Neuroprotective
  • Immunity
Lycopene is a naturally occurring carotenoid found abundantly in red fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes. It has potent antioxidant activity and has protective effects against cardiovascular diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, neurological disorders, and cancer. Because of its numerous health benefits, there has been an increased interest in lycopene in the medical field.

There has been a large amount of research conducted on the effects of adding lycopene to the diet of chickens, quail, and ducks. Lycopene’s anticancer properties may be of benefit for reducing tumor size in hens with ovarian cancer. Lycopene’s hepatoprotective (liver protection) properties are beneficial for reversing the harmful effects of aflatoxicosis in chickens and ducklings and fatty liver disease in hens. Lycopene was also helpful for chickens suffering from heat stress, enhancing fertility in roosters, and ascites syndrome in broilers.

Ovarian cancer: In laying hens, supplementation (200 to 400 mg lycopene/kg diet) significantly reduced ovarian tumor occurrence, and also the tumors’ size and number. In another study, lycopene consumption markedly decreased the metastatic load in a tumor-bearing rat model of ovarian carcinoma.

Lipid metabolism: Adding 100-400 mg/kg of lycopene to the diet of broilers helped alleviate abdominal fat deposition and decrease serum lipids levels, possibly through activating the AMPK signaling pathway, thereby regulating lipid metabolism such as lipogenesis. 20-80 mg/kg lycopene in the diet of laying hens helped regulate fat metabolism.

Liver protection: Adding 100-400 mg/kg of lycopene to the diet of ducks and broilers helped reverse the harmful effects of aflatoxins on hepatic and kidney tissue.

Heat stress: The addition of tomato powder (especially at 5% inclusion) in the diet of heat-stressed broiler chickens showed benefit for improving health by lowering serum cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations in their bodies.

Fertility enhancement: Adding lycopene (5.0 g/L) to the drinking water of roosters helped improved their fertility by enhancing the semen volume as well as the live sperm content and viability.


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