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With the improvement of people's living standards, everyone pays more attention to their health. Lycopene is the main pigment in tomatoes and it belongs to the class of carotenoids. In recent years, lycopene has been widely used in food, medicine and other fields. So let’s look at what lycopene health benefits are.
To help human lower blood lipids and blood pressure
Studies have found that lycopene supplementation in the human body can inhibit the formation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol oxidation products, play a positive role in controlling blood lipids and blood pressure, and have certain effects in improving vascular elasticity and reducing vascular sclerosis.
To help human auxiliary antioxidant
Lycopene is known as the "gold hidden in tomatoes" for its strong antioxidant capacity and has been recognized as a Class A nutrient by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Committee on Food Additives, and the World Health Organization. Scientists at Duke Medical Research Center in the United States have summarized international studies on lycopene to enhance the antioxidant capacity of the human body and pointed out that long-term supplementation of lycopene (25-30mg / d) can enhance the level of antioxidants and improve the body's Antioxidant capacity.
To help human protect the prostate
In the study of carotenoids, only lycopene has a clear protective effect. Men taking the highest daily dose of lycopene (more than 6.5 mg per day) in their diet reduced the risk of prostate cancer by 21% compared to those taking the least. The chemical structure of lycopene is very similar to that of prostate hypertrophy drug finasteride, which may be the mechanism by which lycopene reduces prostate hypertrophy.
To help human protect skin
Lycopene can effectively eliminate singlet oxygen in the skin and combine with free radicals, protect skin tissue from damage, and also have a certain fading effect on age spots.
To help protect the nervous system
The results of epidemiological studies confirm that long-term intake of foods rich in lycopene can effectively improve the cognitive and memory abilities of the elderly, and lycopene can prevent the occurrence or development of neurodegenerative diseases.
To prevent and assist anticancer effects
As an antioxidant, lycopene can scavenge free radicals and prevent oxidative damage of lipoproteins and DNA, thereby helping to prevent cancer.
What have been discussed, we can know that not only can lycopene bring nutrients to tomatoes, but also can lycopene has health benefits.