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This vitamin offers important benefits especially as an antioxidant, protecting cells against free radical damage. It is also necessary for helping iron absorb more efficiently and your brain needs it so it can manufacture a chemical called norepinephrine which effects mood. Vitamin C also plays a key role in the development of collagen and helps keep your skin and the gums of your mouth healthy.
In addition there is some recent evidence suggesting that this vitamin and antioxidant can reduce cholesterol, protect against vision disorders of the eyes, and help prevent lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and kidney & liver diseases.
It is a powerful antioxidant and studies are showing how amazing this antioxidant is at fighting Cancer cells, and may even prevent heart disease. Lycopene is also showing positive in preserving brain cells, the nervous system and helping fight prostate problems.
The best way to add Lycopene to your life is to eat more tomato either directly in things like salads etc, or tomato products, like ketchup, tomato sauces and pastes. Additionally, the cooking or heating of Lycopene containing products actually improves its ability to be absorbed by the body (bioavailability), as it breaks down the cell walls allowing the Lycopene to be released more fully.
Alternatively this fantastic antioxidant can also be found in watermelon, grapefruit, sweet red peppers, papaya and guava.
Rather than seeing fat cells as the enemy, fat plays a key role in regulating vital energy supplies and even helps the immune system. Fat cells can also sense a bacterial or viral attack and join in the fight by producing proteins that cause inflammation which kills off infection. A degree of fat protects our organs, and can give you a reserve for older age that can help keep you alive for longer. A bit of plump can also increase bone density due to the extra weight you are carrying, plus fat will act as a reserve for certain vitamins (A, D, E & K) and minerals.
For the females amongst us, it helps give women a feminine body shape, and for both sexes it helps your face stay youthful for longer by pushing out any lines and filling out hollow eyes. With the right exercise (which includes weight training) and good diet, you can be shapely and toned, fit and healthy, and yes love the wobbly bits too.