Do you know what is lycopene?
It is a red carotenoid, in other words, are fat-soluble pigments that gives colors red, yellow and orange in foods.
Lycopene can be found in fruits such as tomatoes, watermelon and guava. Its benefits are listed below:
- Prevents fat plaques formation in arteries and then improves the mobility of the blood flow;
- Prevents malignant transformation of cells in the body. By contacting the molecule with the cell there is a reduction of bad cell division. There are some studies that claim lycopene may prevent prostate, esophagus, skin, lung, pancreas, oral cavity, breast, cervix, colon and rectum, cancer;
- Decreases the damage caused by ultraviolet rays;
- Helps protect lipids, proteins and DNA;
- It is antioxidant;
I particularly emphasize the benefits of tomato, which is rich in vitamin A, potassium, fiber and folic acid. Aids digestion, preserves the health of the nervous system and muscles.
Raw tomatoes has on average 30 mg of lycopene per kilogram of fruit. Tomato juice is about 150 mg of lycopene per liter!