Red fruits and vegetables often contain a wealth of phytochemicals, including flavonoids, antioxidants and lycopene. These components all have anti-cancer effect.
The most exciting ingredient tomato lycopene than that with a strong antioxidant and cancer prevention function is known. Lycopene is far better than the effect of free radical scavenging carotenoids and other vitamins, antioxidant capacity is the strongest natural substance found so far.
Lycopene is a natural pigment contained in plants, is a carotenoid found primarily in fruits ripe tomato plant in the Solanaceae. Other fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, pumpkin, carrots, persimmons, mangoes, grapes, strawberries, papaya, guava, citrus and tea also contain trace amounts of lycopene, but tomato highest concentrations.
A Institute of Medical incidence of gastric cancer in Japan for four different areas to investigate residents measured in plasma A, vitamin C, vitamin E and β-carotene, lycopene levels of vitamins and found that the higher the concentration of plasma lycopene , the lower the incidence of gastric cancer.
In recent years, scientists have found: Lycopene especially for prostate cancer significantly inhibited. Harvard School of Public Health conducted a four-year follow-up study found that at least 10 a week to eat tomato products (such as tomatoes, tomato sauce and pizza sauce) people, the chance of prostate cancer decreased by 34%. In addition, compared with the body of the female lower concentrations of lycopene, lycopene high in vivo concentration of women, the chance of suffering from cervical cancer is relatively small.