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Let’s Hear it for Lycopene

Let's Hear it for Lycopene - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeLycopene is the compound responsible for the colour of tomatoes, and belongs to the carotene group of Phytonutrients (plant based compounds that enhance health).

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.