Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that not only helps protect cells from free radical damage, but it's also known to offer some major health benefits. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, lycopene may be effective for preventing cancer, heart disease, and a number of other conditions. It can even help improve a number of health factors, including blood flow and cholesterol levels.
Lycopene is found in tomatoes, watermelon, asparagus, guava, grapefruit and red cabbage -- as well as the human blood, skin, liver, adrenal glands, lungs, prostate and colon. Researchers have long touted the antioxidant properties of this carotenoid, but Lycopene supplements have benefits run far and wide.
Here's 5 surprising benefits you may experience from using a lycopene supplement:
“The shape of the Lycopene molecule makes it very effective in being able to quench free radicals,” explains Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “We don’t really understand it entirely yet, but Lycopene may have specific properties that protect the cell in a way other antioxidants may not.”
1. Lycopene-rich tomatoes linked to lower stroke risk