Lycopene

Lycopene

lycopene

Lycopene is a red pigment and a strong antioxidant belonging to the carotenoid family of phytonutrients.

As one of the most widely researched nutrients, lycopene has been found to provide powerful protection against cancers-especially prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Lycopene may also play a role in preventing heart disease by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

HEALING TIP: Fresh tomato sauce with extra virgin olive is a treat for the tastebuds! And the oil will help to maximize your body’s absorption of lycopene. Like its other carotenoid cousins, lycopene is lipid soluble and best used by the body when it is cooked and eaten with a small amount of healthy fat. Research shows as little as 3-5 g of fat in a meal helps to ensure carotenoid absorption.

Lycopene - Found in:

Tomatoes, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Papaya, Guavas,
References 
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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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About Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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