Posted by: Roberto | 6 April, 2008

Lycopene: what it is and why is good for our health

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant abundant in red tomatoes and processed tomato products (tomato juice).

Scientific research has discovered that lycopene may help prevent prostate cancer and some other forms of cancer, heart disease, and other serious diseases.

Research shows that lycopene in tomatoes can be absorbed more efficiently by the body if processed into juice, sauce, paste and ketchup. The chemical form of lycopene found in tomatoes is converted by the temperature changes involved in processing to make it more easily absorbed by the body.

Regular high consumption of fruits and vegetables is recommended as part of healthy eating.

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