Why take Lycopene?Lycopene is an antioxidant compound and natural red pigment which gives tomatoes, watermelons and other fruits their red colour.
Although Lycopene has a relatively short history, significant research supports benefits of lycopene.
Lycopene is a member of the carotenoid family, but does not convert to vitamin A like beta carotene does, so Lycopene health benefits are due to the powerful antioxidant properties. Studies show that Lycopene is more effective than beta carotene or other carotenoids. Professor Edward Giovannucci from Harvard School of Public Health says:
"We don't really understand it entirely yet, but lycopene may have specific properties that protect the cell in a way other antioxidants may not."
Many Lycopene studies on cancer have shown some positive results in prevention, especially prostate and bladder cancers.
In conjunction with a full-complex, natural vitamin E and Green Tea Extract, studies show that prostate cancer proliferation is reduced by around 90%. Other cancers such as pancreatic, stomach, breast, cervix, and lung are also inhibited, and aids in prevention of cardiovascular disease and cataracts.
Other benefitsFor postmenopausal women, Lycopene was found to reduce risk of osteoporosis.
Various studies show benefits for:
- Coronary artery disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancer prevention
- Menopause symptoms
- Heart disease
Food sources of Lycopene
- Canned tomatoes or juice (but NOT recommended due to BPA linings in cans, much worse with tomato acid which leaches BPA a thousand times more)
- Tomato paste, as above unless you can find tomato products in a glass jar
- Cooked tomatoes (preferably steamed) which increases bio-availability of Lycopene)
- Marinara sauce
- Pink or red grapefruit
- Raw tomatoes
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