Lycopene & Carotenoids
Studies have shown that those with deficient levels of carotenoids have an increased risk of persistent HPV infections.(1) High levels of vegetable consumption have been shown to decrease HPV persistence by more than 50%.(2) Higher levels of lycopene are associated with decreased risks.(2) This shows the importance of loading up on richly-pigmented vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, carrots, mangos, sweet potatoes, spinach and kale to support overall balance.
A daily serving of Papillex® contains the equivalent of 3/4 cup of frozen cooked spinach, 3 cups of raw carrots, or 2.5 cups of raw cantaloupe daily.(1)
- Calculation: 8000IU x 2= 16000IU), 3mg of betacarotene is 5000 IU, need 9.6mg. Source
- 1Peterson, Caryn E., et al. “Combined antioxidant carotenoids and the risk of persistent human papillomavirus infection.” Nutrition and cancer 62.6 (2010): 728-733. Source
- 2Tomita LY, Filho AL, Costa MC, Andreoli MA, Villa LL, Franco EL, Cardoso MA. Diet and serum micronutrients in relation to cervical neoplasia and cancer among low‐income Brazilian women. International journal of cancer. 2010 Feb 1;126(3):703-14. Source