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natural lycopene vs synthetic lycopene
- Jan 24, 2019 -

In the market, synthetic lycopene and natural lycopene all have their audience.Today, let's talk about the difference between them.

1, The synthetic lycopene has the advantages of simple process and low cost, but it is not conducive to long-term use because it contains chemical residues that can not be separated.

2, Microbial fermentation (semi-chemical synthesis) has the advantages of low cost, high speed and simple process, but it contains residual organic solvents.

3, Using supercritical carbon dioxide extraction, the content of lycopene is low and the residue is high.

4,After risk assessment, synthetic  lycopene, including lycopene extracted by bio-fermentation, is not allowed to be used in health food, but only as a pigment. China is not allowed to add food at present.

5,There is a scientific research achievement in Cambridge, UK. Through years of research, it has been determined that natural lycopene is more beneficial to human absorption and health benefits than synthetic lycopene. Synthetic lycopene pigments have some uncertain risks.

6, Compared with synthetic lycopene, natural lycopene contains more nutrients in fresh tomatoes, such as natural phospholipids, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, 22-olenic acid, containing natural tocopherols, which are more easily absorbed and beneficial by human body.

7, Biological fermentation may use biological blockers from non-food sources, and the final products may contain microbial cell extracts and so on. The impact on human body is uncertain at present.

In short, in recent years, the market feedback we have received is that foreign customers are looking for natural lycopene from tomatoes, rather than synthetic lycopene. More attention has been paid to natural lycopene, which is more beneficial to the human body. It will also be the future market direction.

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