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Our LycoVit® Product Range

LycoVit® is a beta-carotenoid used in several dietary supplement, beverage and food applications. LycoVit® helps to create an alluring, visually appetizing product with a red hue. Beta-carotenoids are relevant for all life stages, since they play an important role in protection against oxidative stress, weight gain, diabetes, atherosclerosis and free radical growth. 

Color is often the first sensory interaction a consumer has with a product, prior to tasting or smelling it. LycoVit® helps to create an alluring, visually appetizing product with a red hue. With more than 150 years experience BASF is one of the leading suppliers in the human nutrition industry and provides a broad product portfolio of health and performance ingredients as well as colorants.

Source of lycopene - LycoVit®

Lycopene is most commonly found in tomatoes. Very good sources are products that contain tomatoes in concentrated form such as tomato puree, sauce or juice. Other good dietary sources of lycopene are guavas, watermelon, papayas and pink grapefruit.

Benefits of BASF's LycoVit®

  • We provide a premium product range of nature-identical carotenoids with excellent stability in bulk and final application: stable with heat, light, and oxygen exposure.
  • We meet with our LycoVit® product range the need of effective alternative to artificial dyes: LycoVit® provides a bright and vivid red hue.
  • We support our customers and partners with technical application services and development as well as tailor-made trainings in our globally linked Human Nutrition labs around the world.

What makes BASF’s LycoVit® unique?

We help you produce foods and beverages without artificial colors, but with the same stability, appetizing appearance, and pure taste. LycoVit® adds brilliance and vibrancy to beverages and foods without the warning label: It is a safe, highly effective substitute for azo-dyes (artificial colors), which may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.

LycoVit® has the same biological effectiveness and bioavailability as lycopene from tomatoes: both lycopene molecules are identical. LycoVit® is the ideal alternative for natural lycopene from tomatoes since it offers a superior cost-benefit-ratio.

We offer allergen-free, vegetarian, vegan, cold-water dispersible and direct compressible LycoVit® products to accommodate your health, lifestyle, and application criteria.

BASF has over 30 years of experience in producing carotenoids for food, beverage and dietary supplements applications, providing our customers product expertise, flexible application, the highest standards of safety, and a dependable supply. Our nature-identical colors are stable, cost-effective, come in a reliable supply and meet the highest safety and health standards.

BASF’s carotenoids serve as nutritionally valuable colorants for all different kinds of fat-based and water-based foods. Easy-to-use powders and dispersions are available to meet your needs, as well as vegetarian, allergen-free formulations to reliably match the preferences of today’s consumers.

Our ingredients remain stable during food production and storage and produce versatile, vibrant colors consumers find attractive. We provide reliable and stable color hues between yellow, orange and red as well as support on color matching. This track record provides customers with ease-of-use from order to application. Our technical service goes beyond knowledge of ingredients all the way to application expertise. We have the necessary experience to support your growing business, and we extend this experience to our customers in line with the highest safety standards and regulatory requirements.


LycoVit® applications include turbid beverages, carbonated drinks, cake and biscuit fillings, dairy desserts, candies, pastas, meats and soups.

LycoVit® 10 CWD/S may be used in a number of beverage applications, including juices, nectars and syrups, sports beverages, energy drinks, and soft drinks, as well as emulsions. For dietary supplements, this product may be used in bars, liquids, water-based supplements, instant powders, tablets, and chewable, effervescent, and swallowable supplements. This product is also suitable for a wide range of food applications, which includes baked goods, biscuits and cookies, cake, dairy products such as milk with juice, desserts, sweets, mousse as well as fish and seafood, meat, and spices.

LycoVit® Dispersion 10% is suitable for dietary supplement applications including liquids, oil-based supplements and soft gelatin capsules.

LycoVit® 10% CD can be used in a number of beverage applications including juices, nectars and syrups, sports beverages, energy drinks and soft drinks, as well as emulsions. For dietary supplements, this product may be used in bars, instant powders, tablets, chewable and swallowable supplements.

Health benefits of lycopene and LycoVit®

Regular consumption of carotenoids helps promote good health and lower the risk of many diseases. These include age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, some cancers and heart disease. Carotenoids also enhance our immune defenses, act as an antioxidant, and support cardiovascular health, skin health, brain health and memory, weight management, and fertility. Carotenoids are essential for all life stages, including conception, pregnancy, children, adults and seniors.

Lycopene plays a major role in men’s health. It has proven health benefits in the most relevant prostate disease: age-related benign prostate enlargement (BPH). Lycopene is known for its powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which positively impact cardiovascular health and help prevent chronic diseases and ageing. Lycopene also promotes eye health and can contribute to AMD prevention. Studies confirm that lycopene helps reduce damaging effects of blue light and improves visual acuity. Additionally, supplementation with lycopene elevates skin lycopene concentrations, which contributes to skin color and prevents photodamage.

Disclaimer: The data contained in this publication are based on our current knowledge and experience. In view of the many factors that may affect processing and application of our product, these data do not relieve processors from carrying out their own investigations and tests; neither do these data imply any guarantee of certain properties, nor the suitability of the product for a specific purpose. Any descriptions, drawings, photographs, data, proportions, weights, etc. given herein may change without prior information and do not constitute the agreed contractual quality of the product. It is the responsibility of the recipient of our products to ensure that any proprietary rights and existing laws and legislations are observed.

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