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What is Lycopene?

Sep 15, 2019

Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and fibre, and they are totally cholesterol free. An average size tomato boasts only 35 calories. Furthermore, new medical research suggests that the consumption of lycopene - the stuff that makes tomatoes red - may prevent cancer. 

Lycopene is part of the family of pigments called carotenoids, which are natural compounds that create the colours of fruits and vegetables. For example, beta carotene is the orange pigment in carrots. As with essential amino acids, they are not produced by the human body. Lycopene is the most powerful antioxidant in the carotenoid family and, with vitamins C and E, protect us from the free radicals that degrade many parts of the body.

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Lycopene , found primarily in tomatoes, is a member of the carotenoid pigment and phytochemical family of chemical substances—which includes beta-carotene and similar compounds found naturally in food—and has potent antioxidant capabilities. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, indicated in preventing breast cancer, prostate cancer, decreasing incidence of skin cancer and bladder cancer, preventing cardiovascular disease, curing male-sterility syndrome and improving immunity as well. It makes tomatoes red. It is soluble in oils  and insoluble in water. Lycopene is easily absorbed by the organism and is naturally present in human plasma and 

tissues in higher concentrations than the other carotenoids.


Lycopene, similar to other carotenoids, is a natural fat-soluble pigment (red, in the case of lycopene) found in certain plants and microorganisms, where it serves as an accessory light-gathering pigment and to protect these organisms against the toxic effects of oxygen and light. Lycopene may also protect humans against certain disorders, such as prostate cancer and perhaps some other cancers, and coronary heart disease. Lycopene owns stronger anti-oxidation , and protects the body cells from oxidative damage.