In July 2006, a research database was constructed to manage the most up-to-date research describing the diet-disease relationship for tomatoes, tomato products and lycopene. This database was updated in 2007, 2009 and now again in 2011 (cut off Oct 2011 for published original research).
Nine (9) publications meeting criteria for this review were available. Data suggest a beneficial relationship between dietary sources of lycopene and elevated plasma/serum concentrations of lycopene and bone health as measured by bone mass and markers of bone metabolism. Reducing oxidative stress is purported as a possible mechanism in managing cellular processes supporting bone health.