In the study, researchers exposed human dermal fibroblasts to oxidative stress, which led to cell death and decreased pro-collagen secretion. It was noted, however, that pre-treatment with Lycomato was found to reverse the effects of oxidative stress. According to the results, it reduced the rise in MMP-1 secretion by around 50% and restored pro-collagen secretion.
Positive effects were also observed for pre-treatment with rosemary extract, which decreased MMP-1 secretion and increased pro-collagen secretion to basal levels. Although both Lycomato and rosemary extract delivered significant benefits alone, their effects were heightened when they were combined.
The study suggested that supplementation with carotenoids and other phytonutrients in Lycomato can reduce oxidative stress-induced damage with added benefits for skin health and appearance. These findings may have relevance to efforts to reduce skin damage caused by UV radiation and environmental pollutants, as well as the natural aging process.
“We’ve long known about the many links between the components of our diet and the health of our skin,” said Karin Hermoni, Ph.D., head of science and product at Lycored. “This study provides exciting new evidence that the carotenoids and other phytonutrients in Lycomato offer significant protection against the damage caused by oxidative stress. It also demonstrates that it’s a perfect partner for collagen in skin health supplements and in anti-aging products.”