Lycopene is a plant nutrient with antioxidant properties that gives fruits such as tomatoes and watermelons their red color. It has been linked to many benefits ranging from heart and prostate health to menopause and bone density support, and even protection against sunburn.
PROSTATE HEALTH – Research has shown that taking lycopene extract can slow the rate of prostate growth (and inhibit the neoangiogenesis that occurs in tumor development). Increased dietary intake of lycopene has also been associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer.
Antioxidants in lycopene powder are anti-inflammatory and support our body’s ability to eliminate toxins, nourish our cells and gut bacteria and keep us healthy and young. Lycopene supplements have shown specific skin anti aging benefits while also providing protection from UV induced erythema (sunburn).
HEART HEALTH – Studies have shown a correlation between lycopene supplementation and a decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol and an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Lycopene is believed to be one of the factors in the Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of tomato lycopene, that supports the enhanced cardiovascular health and longevity found in that part of the world.
MENOPAUSE and BONE HEALTH SUPPORT – Lycopene has been shown to help reduce risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women. Supplementing with Lycopene showed reduced oxidative stress parameters as well as increased bone resorption, providing additional bone density and osteoporosis support for women.