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Health Benefits from Tomatoes, Lycopene

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you like tomatoes and eat them regularly, you should know that you are getting plenty of a very important natural substance called lycopene.

Part of the carotenoid group, lycopene is responsible for the deep red color in many fruits and vegetables, most particularly in tomatoes. High amounts of lycopene are found not only in fresh tomatoes but also in tomato products as nearly 85% of dietary lycopene comes from products such as tomato juice or paste. In average, one cup (240 mL) of tomato juice provides about 23 mg of lycopene. Processing raw tomatoes using heat, such as in the making of tomato juice, tomato paste or ketchup, can actually change the lycopene from the raw product into a form that is easier for the body to use.

Lycopene is also found in other fruits such as watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. The lycopene in supplements is about as easy for the body to use as lycopene found in food.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage. It has been proven to be a cancer fighting agent and it can also provide other health benefits.

Lycopene is well known to help prevent heart diseases as it stops LDL cholesterol from being oxidized by free radicals and in turn cannot be deposited in the plaques which narrows and hardens the arteries. Research has shown that lycopene can also help prevent diabetes as well as osteoporosis. Additionally, lycopene can reduce age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and prevent the aging of skin and keeps it younger looking.

Click here to check Lucky Vitamin’s selection of Lycopene supplements.

More Related Products

NOW Foods – Lycopene Double Strength 20 mg. – 50 Softgels
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