cis-Lycopene is a non-provitamin A vitamin with the same structure and health benefits as lycopene.
cis-Lycopene and lycopene are great nutrients in especially tomatoes with a unique ability.
When being processed they actually enhance the health benefits of the tomatoes.
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cis-Isomer Of Lycopene
cis-Lycopene is the cis-isomer of lycopene.
It is a dominant carotenoid in tomatoes and tomato-based foods. (source ◳)
The cis-Lycopene isomers have shown to be even more bioavailable for us when red tomato sauce has been extensively heated.
Bioavalibility Of cis-Lycopene
There is a hypothesis that cis-isomers of lycopene are more bioavailable than all-trans-lycopene.
But this has yet only been shown in animal studies, not human. (source ◳)
Foods You Can Find cis-Lycopene In
You find cis-Lycopene mostly in vegetable products.
Examples of food sources include
- Grape Tomatoes
Foods That Contain cis-Lycopene In Our Nutrition Tool
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We currently have just a few foods in our nutrition tool that contain cis-Lycopene.
Here's our short list of foods that contain cis-Lycopene.