Lycopene is a natural pigment that can be found in a variety of foods including tomatoes, watermelons, and grapefruits. It’s a carotenoid, which are natural pigments that give plants, fruits, and vegetables their colour. As a red carotenoid, lycopene is widely found in red and pink fruits and vegetables. It’s known as one of the most powerful natural antioxidants, and because it’s effective when heated, it’s easy to add to your diet through both fresh and processed. (1)
Lycopene is used for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, protects cells from oxidative stress and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Primary health benefits of Lycopene
One of the most important properties of lycopene is that it is an antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage, which can damage DNA and other cell components. (2)
Free radicals are produced naturally as a result of ageing, but their levels rise as a result of environmental and behavioural variables such as pollution and smoking. They harm cells, and excessive amounts of this damage have been related to a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Antioxidants assist to regulate free radicals in the body, which help to protect against certain illnesses, maintain strong and healthy bones, and improve eyesight by delaying or preventing cataracts.
Lycopene helps in lowering the risk of chronic disease by stabilising these free radicals, according to experts. Lycopene may also help with oral health and blood pressure, according to studies.
Reduces risks of cancer
Studies have revealed a link between lycopene consumption and cancer prevention, especially in the cases of bone, lung, and prostate cancer. Lycopene has been proven in tests to delay or stop the development of cancer cells due to its antioxidant properties. (3) Unlike other carotenoids, Lycopene isn’t converted to Vitamin A in our systems, experts believe its antioxidant capabilities are boosted, perhaps reducing cell damage that can contribute to cancer.
Maintains heart health
Lycopene was discovered to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while boosting good cholesterol (HDL) levels in a recent research. Because excessive cholesterol causes fatty deposits in our blood arteries, which may clog and trigger a heart attack or stroke, maintaining this balance is critical. Furthermore, lycopene can aid in the maintenance of normal blood pressure, lowering the risk of heart disease.
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