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Lycopene is a phytonutrient with antioxidant properties. It is a pigment that imparts characteristic colors to red and pink fruits such as tomatoes, watermelons, and pink grapefruits.
Lycopene is associated with health benefits ranging from heart health to prevention of sunburn and certain types of cancer.
This article looks at the health benefits and main food sources of lycopene.
Strong antioxidant performance
Lycopene is an antioxidant of the carotenoid family.
Antioxidants protect your body from damage caused by compounds called free radicals.
When the content of free radicals exceeds the content of antioxidants, they can cause oxidative stress in your body. This stress is related to certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Studies have shown that the antioxidant properties of lycopene can help maintain a balanced level of free radicals, thereby protecting your body from certain conditions.
In addition, test tube and animal studies have shown that lycopene can protect your body from pesticides, herbicides, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and certain types of fungi.
Can prevent certain types of cancer
The strong antioxidant effect of lycopene can prevent or slow down the progression of certain types of cancer.
For example, test-tube studies have shown that this nutrient may slow the growth of breast and prostate cancer by limiting the growth of tumors.
Animal studies further report that it may prevent the growth of cancer cells in the kidney.
In humans, observational studies have reduced the risk of high intake of carotenoids (including lycopene) and lung and prostate cancer by 32-50%.
A 23-year study of more than 46,000 men examined the link between lycopene and prostate cancer in more detail.
Men who consume at least two servings of tomato sauce that are rich in lycopene per week are 30% less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who consume less than one serving of tomato sauce a month.
However, recent reviews of 26 studies found the results to be more moderate. Researchers correlated high lycopene intake with a 9% reduction in the probability of developing prostate cancer. A daily intake of 9-21 mg seems to be the most beneficial.
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