LYCOPENE



Occuring naturally in foods and giving fruits and vegetables their red tint (tomatoes, watermelon, guava, pink grapefruit...), Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent cancer , heart disease and other serious conditions.

Generally the redder the food, the more lycopene is present.

Research shows that lycopene obtained from processed foods such as tomato paste, sauce, juice, and ketchup can be absorbed easily and very efficiently by the body .

Because lycopene is a potent antioxidant, it helps to neutralize free radicals which can damage cells in the body.

Health Benefits 
Heart diseases-Lycopene stops LDL cholesterol from being oxidized by free radicals.
Infertility-Research suggests that lycopene may help in the treatment of infertility.
Helps prevent diabetes
Prevents age-related macular degeneration and cataracts
Prevents the aging of skin
Acts as an internal sunscreen
Known to help prevent osteoporosis

The following are some foods that contain high concentration of lycopene:
Tomatoes
Pink Grapefruits
Pink Guava
Watermelon
Papaya
Rosehips
 
There currently is no daily recommendation for lycopene. Most lycopene supplements range from 5 to 15 miligrams per day.