Information for healthcare professionals

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What is Ateronon?

Ateronon is a natural lycopene supplement. Each capsule contains the equivalent lycopene content to 1lb of cooked tomatoes as well as thiamin – known to contribute to healthy heart function – and selenium, which is a recognised antioxidant.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, but is difficult to absorb. Our patented form, LactoLycopene, is designed to be highly bioavailable.

Ateronon has undergone a series of clinical trials and is carefully manufactured to pharmaceutical standards, ensuring that the benefit of the lycopene inside the capsule is retained and is consistent. If these stringent manufacturing standards were not upheld, lycopene would quickly oxidise when exposed to air and would provide no health benefits.

Why take Ateronon?

Numerous studies have shown that lycopene seems to play a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease:


University of Eastern Finland
A population study over a 7 year period indicated that Lycopene will help prevent the build-up of plaque in arteries.

A population study over a seven-year period indicated that lycopene helped prevent the build-up of plaque in arteries.

This study also observed that men in the quartile with the highest levels of lycopene in their blood are more than 50% less likely to suffer a stroke (University of Eastern Finland).

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University of Cambridge
Oral lycopene supplementation improves endothelial function in patients with cardiovascular disease: A randomized controlled trial. The full details of this study are due to appear soon in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

An independent clinical study at the University of Cambridge in 2012 showed that taking Ateronon daily increased the flexibility of arteries by up to 53% in people diagnosed with heart disease. This counteracts the hardening of the arteries associated with heart disease

The study also showed that lycopene levels in the blood rose between 60% and 100% within two months among people taking Ateronon

Ateronon creates improvement in reactivity/responsiveness of endothelial cells (the layer of cells which line all blood vessels), considered by many cardiovascular health experts to be a possible key to the prevention of heart disease.

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Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital clinical, run by Harvard Medical School
The study explored the bioavailability of Ateronon. It found that Ateronon increased average blood levels of lycopene at both 6 and 12 months.

Who should take Ateronon?

Anyone can benefit from taking Ateronon. Lycopene can be particularly beneficial for people who are concerned about the risk of heart disease or stroke – perhaps because they have a history of heart health problems in their family or because of other risk factors such as raised blood pressure or high LDL cholesterol levels.

Although cooking tomatoes with oil has many health benefits and helps to deliver lycopene to the bloodstream, not many of us can manage to eat the quantity of tomatoes required to provide these valuable health benefits on a daily basis. A daily Ateronon capsule is the equivalent of eating 1lb of tomatoes cooked in olive oil every day.

Ateronon was presented at the American Heart Association in 2013 and at a symposium at the British Cardiovascular Society in 2014, as well as at various GP and pharmaceutical events throughout the country.

It is for sale in well-known retailers such as pharmacist Boots and Holland & Barrett as well as independent pharmacies. Nevertheless, as Ateronon is a relatively new supplement, not all medical professionals will be aware of it. If your GP or pharmacist requires more information to advise you about the use of Ateronon please ask them to contact the Ateronon Medical Advisory Board through us.

Q&As

Has Ateronon been clinically tested?

Yes, Ateronon has undergone a series of in-house and independent clinical studies. In fact, Cambridge Nutraceuticals has spent over £11.5m on the research and development of Ateronon.

Supplements are not usually subject to such rigorous clinical analysis, nor is so much money usually spent on their development and testing. Most supplement testing is done only on an observational trial basis.

By contrast, for the Harvard/Boston trial, Ateronon was subject to pharmaceutical product standards (with comparable high clinical and testing costs) including:

  • Ethical committee approval
  • Double-blind, placebo control
  • Suitable patient recruitment (200 patients initially recruited)
  • A clinical trial period of 12 months

Why is Ateronon more expensive than some other lycopene products?

Ateronon is the result of many years of research, development and clinical trials. It is made and tested to pharmaceutical standards to ensure that lycopene levels are high, stable and consistent in every batch. Packaging (including a triple layer foil blister pack to prevent the degradation of lycopene) is of an extremely high quality to ensure that the effectiveness of the key ingredients is retained.


Is it safe to take high levels of Lycopene?

Lycopene intake has been shown to be safe for levels per day of at least 75mg (10x higher than Ateronon). [Shao and Rathcock – Risk Assessment for the carotenoids lutein and lycopene, published Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, June 2006].


Can Ateronon be taken with statins or prescription medication?

Yes, Ateronon is completely safe and can be taken alongside statins and other heart health medicines. Many people take Ateronon alongside other medication to give their heart extra support. It has no reported side effects.


Would you recommend taking Ateronon instead of statins?

No. Ateronon is a supplement, not a drug. It therefore should not be taken in the place of any medication prescribed by a GP or specialist. However, people who are unable to take statins often choose to take Ateronon as a heart health supplement. People already taking statins on prescription have also taken Ateronon successfully for additional heart health benefits.


Does Ateronon have any side effects?

Ateronon is a natural product, with no reported side effects. If someone has a tomato or whey protein intolerance, they should seek medical advice before taking Ateronon.


How often should Ateronon be taken?

One capsule of Ateronon Heart or Ateronon Male Fertility, or two capsules of Ateronon XY, should be taken daily to build up and maintain the useful level of lycopene in the blood.


How soon will someone benefit after taking Ateronon?

It depends on a number of factors, including what your lycopene levels were prior to taking Ateronon. In studies at Cambridge University, run by Dr Joseph Cheriyan and at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital, run by Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor Howard Sesso, LactoLycopene was shown to be easily absorbed into the bloodstream and readily taken up by the body so that its health benefits could be reliably delivered. Volunteers taking Ateronon showed an increase in lycopene levels in the blood of between 60% and 100% within two months. No other lycopene product has been shown to be as effective.

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Is Ateronon not just another fad / health supplement?

No. There is a large, expanding body of clinical evidence about lycopene and its benefits. A seven-year population study from the University of Eastern Finland indicated that lycopene helped prevent the build-up of plaque in arteries. This study also observed that men in the quartile with high levels of lycopene in their blood are more than 50% less likely to suffer a stroke. Scientists from Cambridge and Harvard University have carried out well-conducted clinical research into Ateronon which includes clear evidence of its bioavailability and potential to play a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. There is an increasing body of heart health professionals who believe that it may be a useful addition to heart health protection. Other supplements do not have the level of clinical evidence that Ateronon has.


I’ve seen Ateronon in ‘health food’ shops. Is this a medical tablet or a food supplement?

Ateronon is a supplement derived from Lycopene found in tomatoes. However, the extensive clinical research and interest from the medical sector sets it apart from traditional food supplements. It is also manufactured to pharmaceutical grade.


Is Ateronon good for prostate health?

There have been a number of recent studies into the benefits of lycopene in the prevention and treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and the potential of lycopene to reduce consequent pressure on the bladder. Other studies have investigated its potential for the prevention of prostate cancer. Cambridge Nutraceuticals has not yet carried out research into the effect of Ateronon on the prostate, but as the most bioavailable form of lycopene it is the obvious lycopene supplement to take. Many Ateronon customers tell us that they take Ateronon for prostate health and are very happy with the results.


Is Ateronon good for male fertility?

There have been a number of recent press reports, based on new clinical studies (Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine, Ohio, reviewed in 2014 12 studies of lycopene and fertility), about the benefits of lycopene for sexual health and particularly to improve male fertility. The Cleveland report stated that sperm count may increase by up to 70% as a result of lycopene intake. Cambridge Nutraceuticals has not yet carried out research into the effect of Ateronon on male fertility, but as the most bioavailable form of lycopene, it is the obvious lycopene supplement to take.


What is the difference between Ateronon and other Lycopene products?
  1. Investment in R&D
  2. Clinical trials in Cambridge and Boston
  3. Unique, patented formulation
  4. Proven to be bioavailable
  5. Manufactured and tested to pharmaceutical standards to ensure quality and efficacy of active ingredient

Ateronon is the result of £11.5m of investment and many years of research and development. It contains LactoLycopene, which is a patented form of lycopene designed to be highly bioavailable (easily and rapidly absorbed by the body) and stable. Other lycopene products are hard to absorb due to lycopene’s molecular structure, but Ateronon’s LactoLycopene formulation is clinically proven to be highly bioavailable.

Scientists from Cambridge and Harvard University have carried out clinical research into Ateronon which provides clear evidence of its bioavailability and its potential to play a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Ateronon is stringently manufactured to pharmaceutical standards to ensure that the benefit of the lycopene inside the capsule is retained and is consistent. If these demanding manufacturing standards were not upheld, lycopene would quickly oxidise when exposed to air and so provide no health benefits.


Other lycopene supplements give 12mg of lycopene. Ateronon only gives 7mg, why is it more expensive?

Efficacy does not depend on how much lycopene is in a capsule but rather how much is absorbed into the body. Ateronon’s unique formula is highly bioavailable, meaning that more lycopene will get absorbed into the body from 7mg of Ateronon than from even 25mg of other lycopene products. Ateronon is the only lycopene supplement to have been subjected to such rigorous clinical testing to prove its bioavailability


What are the ingredients in an Ateronon capsule?

Each capsule is full of natural ingredients. One capsule contains the equivalent lycopene content of more than 1lb of cooked tomatoes as part of a lycopene-whey complex (LactoLycopene), as well as thiamin – known to contribute to healthy heart function – and selenium, which is a recognised antioxidant.


Is it natural?

Yes, the key ingredient in Ateronon is LactoLycopene, which is a combination of the lycopene found in the skin of tomatoes and whey protein.


Is it vegetarian?

Yes, Ateronon is endorsed by the Vegetarian Society.


Is it halal?

Ateronon is manufactured in halal-approved facility and we are awaiting product-specific approval for Ateronon.


How is Ateronon manufactured?

Ateronon is manufactured to exacting pharmaceutical and quality control standards. Because the potency of lycopene will deteriorate rapidly when in contact with air (oxidation), the manufacturing process excludes contact with air and the capsules are packed in a triple layer foil blister to ensure the lycopene content is kept safe and stable. Routine stability tests have shown no significant variation in lycopene content or other parameters over a four-year analysis period.


Would Ateronon be prescribed by a medical professional?

Although Ateronon is often recommended by doctors and other medical professionals, it is not available as a prescription medication. However, it can be bought over the counter through leading pharmacists and from online stores.


Does Cambridge Nutraceuticals have a Medical Advisory board?

Cambridge Nutraceuticals has an expert Medical Advisory Board that directs current and future research projects. Ateronon 4 Life customers also have access to individuals on the advisory board should they wish to ask questions or seek information relating to any Ateronon products. The Medical Advisory Board consists of:

  • Professor Alf A. Lindberg, MD, Ph.D – Scientist and former secretary of the Nobel Prize Committee for Physiology or Medicine
  • Mr Peter Kirkpatrick, BSc MBCHB MSc FRCS – Consultant neurosurgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Specialist in stroke and cerebral vascular disease.
  • Dr Nicholas Shenker, BM, BCh, PhD, FRCP – Consultant rheumatologist at Addenbrooke’s and expert in chronic pain syndromes.
  • Professor Michael Heinrich, Dipl. Biol., Dr. rer. nat. habil. , Biology and Anthropology – Head of the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy at University College London.
  • Dr Miriam Ferrer, Ph.D – Senior Product Manager, Cambridge Nutraceuticals Ltd.
Science & Research
Ateronon has undergone a series of in-house and independent clinical studies. No other lycopene product has been so rigorously tested. We do not make unfounded health claims about Ateronon products. Read More
In the Global Press
Further Questions?
As scientists, we believe in working together with medical professionals for your health. If your GP would like more information about Ateronon and its benefits, our expert medical board are always available to help, alternatively please email us on sam@ateronon.com.au

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