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Lycopene
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Lycopene   Red

Lycopene, one of the carotenoids, is a potent antioxidant. It has been associated with a reduced risk for many cancers, especially prostate cancer, and protection against heart attacks, though research continues on other potential health benefits. (ref. 13). Tomato-based products have the most concentrated source of lycopene. Cooked tomato sauces are associated with greater health benefits, compared to uncooked, because the heating process makes all carotenoids (including lycopene) more easily absorbed by the body. Lycopene is found primarily in red fruits and vegetables such as:

tomatoes and cooked tomato products
watermelon
pink grapefruit
red peppers

 

OTHER LYCOPENE RESOURCES

Websites

www.lycopene.org

 

Books

Tomatoes, lycopene and human health: Preventing chronic diseases. (2007). Caledonian Science Press.
Written by a team of 28 renowned scientists, and edited by Dr. Venket Rao Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Toronto University.
For more information, email Ms. Gwen Young.

 

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