What is lycopene?
Lycopene is a natural red pigment, which tomatoes owe their red color to. It falls into the group of flavonoids.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. This component increases when cooking, therefore cooked tomato sauce presents higher dosages in this component than fresh tomatoes.
Plants have develop lycopene to protect themselves from the effects of light and air oxidation.
Lycopene appears to reduce the chances of cancer of prostate, lung, stomach, bladder and cervix.
SOURCES OF LYCOPENE
Where can you find lycopene? Foods rich in lycopene
It appears in fresh tomatoes, but especially in cooked ones, since cooking helps free this element and facilitate the absorption by the body.
Eating homemade tomato sauces or any food cooked with tomato sauce can be a good way of health care.
You can also obtain lycopene from lycopene supplements. The usual doses are between 5 to 15 mg daily in tablet form.
Pregnant or lactating women should not take lycopene supplements. In any case, and for everybody, it is best to acquire this principle through diet foods.
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