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Lycopene

Lycopene is a member (along with beta-carotene) of a family of plant pigments called carotenoids. There are more than 600 different carotenoids, but lycopene and the carotenes are the most important ones. They are the pigments that give leaves, tomatoes and other plants their bright colors. Lycopene is the best antiaging candidate of this class of compounds because it is the most efficient quencher of an especially dangerous free radical called singlet oxygen. Equally important is the fact that lycopene is regenerated after quenching singlet oxygen, and can then detoxify dangerous molecules without being destroyed. Lycopene levels drop off with age, even if we continue eating the fruits and vegetables that contain it. Lycopene has been shown to increase the survival of irradiated mice, and to decrease the incidence of various types of cancer in mice.

What is it?

  • A type of carotenoids
  • Primarily found in tomatoes
  • Unlike other carotenes, lycopene cannot be converted to Vitamin A within the body
  • Physical appearance is red

What does it do for you?

Cardiovascular System

  • Prevents heart attack

Cells

  • Enhances gap junction communication between cells

Detoxification and Anti-aging

  • Protects against many toxic effects of radioactivity

Immune System

  • Protects against many forms of cancer

Metabolism

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Retards the damage caused by oxidized LDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol level

Reproductive System

  • Most abundant carotenoids in the prostate

What conditions might it support?

Immune System

  • Cancer risk reduction
  • HIV support

Nervous System

  • Prevent Alzheimer's disease

What is the best dosage?

  • In clinical studies, the men took more than 6.5 mg per day for against cancer
  • Lower LDL cholesterol: 60 mg per day.

What are the side effects or drug interactions?

  • No reports of adverse effects
  • Absorb better from cooked and/or processed food than from raw foods.

Anti-aging benefits

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Prevent many forms of cancer

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