You are here: Home Nutrition

Lycopene Is A Powerful Disease-Fighter

Posted by SoundHealth on Tuesday, November 02, 2010
© HealthyMuslim. See Terms and Conditions

 Copy Link
   Email    Print 
Lycopene is a red carotenoid pigment that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, guava, papaya, red/pink grapefruit and watermelon. It is the most common carotenoid in the human body and is one of the most potent carotenoid antioxidants.

Lycopene is locked away inside the cells of the food but is released by processing. This is why cooked tomatoes release five times more lycopene than eating raw tomatoes. The richest dietary sources of this carotenoid are therefore tomato ketchup, concentrated tomato puree and passata.

Benefits of lycopene

Circulation: lycopene has a number of beneficial effects within the circulatory system. Studies suggest that people who eat the most tomatoes and tomato products are a third less likely to develop heart disease that those who eat few. Lycopene appears to reduce atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and damage from oxidation.

Recent research involving over 4,400 adults also suggests that high intakes of carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of developing hypertension.

Prostate health: Men with benign prostate enlargement who took 15mg lycopene per day for six months had less enlargement and progression of their symptoms than those taking an inactive placebo.

Another study found that men who consumed more than 10 servings of tomato products per week were a third less likely to develop prostate problems than men consuming less than 1.5 servings per week.

Macular degeneration: Like two other carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, lycopene helps to protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of reduced vision. Those with low lycopene intakes have more than double the risk of developing AMD than those with high intakes.

Skin health: lycopene has been found to protect the skin from degenerating, and from the harmful rays of the sun. It is also a powerful antioxidant so it helps to slow down and reverse the aging of cells.

Degenerative diseases: People who eat the most tomatoes and have the highest blood lycopene levels appear to have a lower risk of certain degenerative diseases.

Lycopene is fat soluble so it is best absorbed when cooked with a little fat. It has also found to be three times more abundant in organic foods than non-organic alternatives.

Link to this article:   Show: HTML LinkFull LinkShort Link
Share or Bookmark this page: You will need to have an account with the selected service in order to post links or bookmark this page.

Subscribe via RSS or email:
Follow us through RSS or email. Click the RSS icon to subscribe to our feed.


Related Articles:
Add a Comment
You must be registered and logged in to comment.
Most Popular

Latest Articles

Popular Subjects
fluoridewater fluoridationcolicfruitexercisetoothpastealmondsmilkpHalkalineacidVitamin Ccancerlinus paulingwatercell phonemobile phoneraw milkaspartamesweetenersuperfoodsbrainlong lifelive longlongevityresveratrolblueberriesraspberriesgreen teaavocadosfatsnutritiondigestion research

Health, fitness and longevity
 Based upon the principles of health
 in the Qur'an and Prophetic Traditions.

There are two bounties in which
most people lose out: good health
and free time. Al-Bukhari.
The information on this site is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind.