International wellness company Lycored has been awarded an EU patent for its carotenoid compositions for skin care.
The patent relates to the use of Lycored's carotenoid compositions to protect the skin from UV radiation from the sun. The company has held a patent in Canada since 2014 and has also learned that it has been granted one in Japan. A decision on a US patent is pending.
Lycored's compositions, including its supplement-ready blend Lycoderm, combine natural lycopene with phytoene, phytofluene, and Vitamin E from tomatoes. The patent applies to ingestible use of the compositions in supplements, foodstuff or beverages.
There is a growing body of evidence for the benefits of supplementation with carotenoids for skin health. Last year, an award-winning study funded by Lycored found that Lycopene-Rich Tomato Nutrition Complex (TNC) and lutein can protect against UVA/B- and UVA1 radiation at a molecular level.
Golan Raz, Head of Global Health Division at Lycored said: "Lycored is delighted that its carotenoid compositions for skincare have received an EU patent. This is the result of years of hard work and research and further supports our mission to make the benefits of carotenoids as widely available as possible. With consumers increasingly embracing ingestible skincare, and a growing body of evidence for the benefits, we're very excited about the future."
Lycored is celebrating the news in typically creative fashion. It has updated its video game, Beta-blasters, by giving a new stronger shield to one of the characters, Fight-O-Fluene.
Play Beta-Blasters at http://www.lycored.com/holistic-production/#blasters
Committed to 'Cultivating Wellness', Lycored, part of Adama Group, is an international company at the forefront of unearthing and combining nature's nutrition potential with cutting edge science to develop natural ingredients and products. Established in 1995, Lycored is the global leader in natural carotenoids for food, beverage and dietary supplement products. The company develops and supplies natural ingredient formulations into four main business areas: active health ingredients for wellness; colourings; ingredients for taste & texture improvement; and nutrient premixes for fortification. Lycored is based in Israel, with sales & production operations in the UK, Switzerland, the US, Ukraine and China. For more information visit www.lycored.com