Benefits of Lycopene

Lycopene is a type of organic pigment called a carotenoid. It is related to beta-carotene and gives some vegetables and fruits (e.g., tomatoes) a red color.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that might help protect cells from damage. It’s found in tomato, watermelon, red orange, pink Lycopene is a plant nutrient with antioxidant properties. It’s the pigment that gives red and pink fruits, such as tomatoes, watermelons and pink grapefruit, their characteristic color.

some fruits containing lycopene include; grapefruit, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato purée, cooked sweet red peppers, papaya, watermelon, fresh tomatoes, apricot, rose hip, and guava.

HEALTH BENEFITS

STRONG ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES

Lycopene is an antioxidant in the carotenoid family. When free radical levels outnumber antioxidant levels, they can create oxidative stress in the body. Lycopene’s protective effects appear particularly beneficial to those with low blood antioxidant levels or high levels of oxidative stress.

PROTECT AGAINST CERTAIN TYPES OF CANCER

Lycopene’s strong antioxidant action prevent or slow down the progression of some types of cancer. This includes older adults and people who smoke or have diabetes or heart disease.

PROMOTE HEART HEALTH

Lycopene also help lower the risk of developing or prematurely dying from heart disease.
It reduces free-radical damage, total and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and increase “good” HDL cholesterol.

PROSTATE CANCER

Taking lycopene by mouth might slightly reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. It might also slightly reduce the risk of prostate cancer returning.

Other health benefits include;
-Protection against sunburn
-Promotes good eyesight
-Reduces pain
-Contributes to stronger bones
-Protects the brain

DOSAGE

There is currently no recommended daily intake for lycopene. However, from the current studies, intakes between 8–21 mg per day appear to be most beneficial.

Lycopene supplements are also available.

 

 

Written by: Oreoluwa Hassan

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