Everyone’s got a ticker that they need to look after, and one of the best ways you can do that is with tomatoes. Some people take care of their hearts with lycopene supplements, but did you know that tomatoes are a rich and natural source of lycopene? Lycopene is the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color, and it can help reduce heart disease.
Lycopene reduces free-radical damage and “bad” cholesterol levels while promoting “good” cholesterol levels. In one ten-year study, people with diets rich in lycopene had a 17-26% lower risk of heart disease.
Another benefit of consuming lycopene is reduced risk of developing certain cancers, like lung and prostate cancer. Studies show that diets high in carotenoids (which include lycopene) result in a 32-50% lower risk of lung and prostate cancers.