pink grapes

Lycopene is a natural occurring compound that is found in fruits and vegetables which gives them a red color. It is a carotenoid, which are linked to many health benefits, including disease prevention and protection. Lycopene is found in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapes and guavas. Lycopene contains antioxidants which has an ability to defend skin from UV radiation. You can easily start adding lycopene into your lifestyle by eating tomatoes, pink grapes and watermelon.

Cancer

Lycopene may slow down the progression of some type of cancer.  Studies shows that lycopene can slow down the growth of breast and prostate cancer by supressing the growth of the tumor cells, because of its antioxidant property. It may also protect against of the lungs and kidney.

Heart health

Lycopene may also help to reduce the risk of developing the hearth disease. It also reduce free-radical damage. Lycopene is beneficial to those with low blood antioxidant level or high level of oxidative stress in human body.  Lycopene‚Äôs strong antioxidant property may help to improve cholesterol levels and reduce the heart risk factors. It has the ability to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels. People who have high amount of lycopene in their tissues has lower the risk of heart attack, blockrg and other cardiovascular disease.

Top food sources

  • Sun-dried tomatoes: 46 mg
  • Tomato puree: 22 mg
  • Guava: 5 mg
  • Watermelon: 4.5 mg
  • Fresh tomatoes: 3 mg
  • Papaya: 1.8 mg
  • Pink grapefruit: 1.2 mg
  • Red peppers: 0.5 mg