What is lycopene?

Lycopene is the red colour pigment in vegetables and fruits. It gives tomato its red colour and watermelons flesh its reddish hue. Lycopene is a powerful plant based antioxidant, carotenoid and is linked to several health benefits and illness prevention. Studies on free radicals have also indicated that lycopene is 2 times more potent antioxidant than beta-carotene and 100 times more potent than vitamin E.

Lycopene health effects

Lycopene has been linked to preventing the following illnesses:

  • Prostate and lung cancers
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Memory loss
  • Cataract

In addition lycopene:

  • Slows down skin aging process
  • Helps in defending against UV rays
  • Improves prostate cancer prediction