Lycopene

Lycopene is a bright red carotenoid, found primarily in tomatoes and has potent anti-oxidant capabilities. Lycopene is also found in watermelon, pink grapefruit, red bell peppers and guava.

What it does

  1. Anti-oxidant: The anti-oxidant effects of lycopene appear to reduce the risk of degenerative diseases, protect the heart and prostate gland and support the immune system.

Potential Uses

Prostate problems Tennis elbow High blood pressure
Prevention of atherosclerosis Parkinsons disease Stroke

Cooking and crushing tomatoes (as in the canning process) and serving in oil-rich dishes (such as spaghetti sauce or pizza) greatly increases assimilation from the digestive tract into the bloodstream.

Cautions

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with lycopene.

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using lycopene.

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