Lycopene is a naturally occurring carontenoid known for giving certain fruits and vegetables their red color. It is lycopene, for instance, which supplies the red pigment you see in tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit.
More important to our health, however, is lycopene's strong antioxidant qualities which help protect cells from damage from free radicals. Free radicals are basically molecules with at least one unpaired electron, which makes them unstable. Lycopene donates electrons to oxygen-free radicals, thereby neutralizing them before they can damage cells.
- Lycopene helps maintain good health.
- Lycopene promotes immune system health.
- Lycopene is a natural pigment made by plants and microorganisms.
- Lycopene may support skin health. Skin aging is due partly to the creation of oxygen-free radicals and lycopene has the potential to neutralize them.
Diets high in lycopene have been proposed as a way to support the health of many organs, including the prostate and colon. People have taken lycopene for preventing heart disease, "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis); and cancer of the prostate, breast, lung, bladder, ovaries, colon, and pancreas. Lycopene is also used for treating human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, which is a major cause of uterine cancer. Some people also use lycopene for cataracts and asthma. However, more research is needed and being done to uncover all of lycopene’s benefits.
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