Care Omnia is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Life is everything. Let's make it a healthy one!

Thank you for your visit!

Life is everything. Let's make it a healthy one!

Thank you for your visit!
Life is everything. Let's make it a healthy one!

Thank you for your visit!

What Is trans-Lycopene?

trans-Lycopene is the trans-isomer of the very beneficial nutrient Lycopene.

Lycopene is a very powerful antioxidant.

Plants and photosynthetic bacteria naturally produce all-trans lycopene.

trans-Lycopene belong to the non-provitamin A family.

trans-Lycopene Is The trans-Isomer Of Lycopene

Isomers are compounds with identical chemical formulas but different structures.

The cis-isomer indicates that the functional groups are on the same side of the carbon chain, while the trans-isomer indicates that functional groups are on opposing sides of the carbon chain. (source )

When exposed to light or heat, trans-lycopene can undergo isomerization to any of several cis-isomers, giving it the same benefits Lycopene can provide.

Lycopene Is Red Pigment

Lycopene is a naturally occurring red carotenoid pigment that is responsible for the colors seen in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and other foods.

It’s the all-trans configuration of lycopene that is the most predominant isomer found in foods that gives the red color. (source )

In a red tomato 94–96% of total lycopene comes from all-trans-lycopene.

When trans-lycopene is ingested, it is poorly absorbed. (source )

trans-Lycopene In Tomatoes

Heat processing of tomatoes converts the all-trans lycopene to various cis-isomers.

cis-lycopene isomers are regarded as more bioavailable because they are more soluble and better absorbed than the all-trans isomer.(source )

Multiple studies have demonstrated that lycopene from processed tomato products is more bioavailable than lycopene from fresh tomatoes. (source )

Foods You Can Find trans-Lycopene In

You find trans-Lycopene other foods than tomatoes, like in and dairy and egg products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Egg Yolk

Foods That Contain trans-Lycopene In Our Nutrition Tool

You can access regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

We currently have just a few foods in our nutrition tool that contain trans-Lycopene.

Here's our short list of foods that contain trans-Lycopene.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator


I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.