Friday, 6 May 2016

Lycopene is best as Natural Anticancer.

Lycopene is a carotenoid and has amazing anticancer benefits for today women. It is in pigment from and is found in tomatoes, watermelon, red carrots, papaya, guava and certain red coloured fruits and vegetables. Lycopene has proven strong anticancer benefits and should be part of our routine daily diet.

The chemistry behind the anticancer properties of lycopene: Lycopene is a potent antioxidant and it removes free radicals from the body. Free radicals are the potential reasons behind getting cancer, and it causes damage to body cells and DNA. 
Free radicals are produced within the human body as the result of a regular metabolic action and also a by-product in your body, of smoking, pollution, and sun exposure.
Lycopene is used by your body just for carrying the antioxidant action and left up free radicals, like Lycopene is collected in the lungs tissues and it quenches free radicals here, protecting the cells from the damage.
Till today, it is believed that lycopene is best for protection from prostate cancer, but it has this potential to prevent from breast cancer, lungs, stomach and endometrial cancer. It is also proven that lycopene has the strong action in  preventing the internal damage to the body as a result of sun rays. Thus, it is effective for protection from skin cancers and sun damages. Lycopene is also effective in keeping the heart healthy and keep your heart healthy normal.
Lycopene is not- toxic and has no nutritional value for your body, it is for this reason that its intake in high doses has no side effects. On at its peak levels, it can potentially bring the yellow color to your skin, which can be turned back to normal upon reducing the intake of lycopene.

Although some studies have raised the question about the action of lycopene as anticancer a majority of studies have shown its efficacy as anticancer. 
How to include lycopene in diet: Lycopene is present in a majority of red coloured fruits and vegetables and can be easily included in your daily balanced diet, to get benefits from its strong anticancer actions. 
Natural Sources of Lycopene:

  • The most simple way to get lycopene is the consumption of Tomatoes, both in its raw and cooked forms. In cooked tomatoes lycopene is three times more than raw one, as it gets released as results of the cooking process and can be easily digested by the human body.  
The good point is, lycopene is easily soluble in oil, so it cooking of tomatoes in oil, does not affect its availability.
  • Water Melon: Red-fleshed watermelon is the richest source of Lycopene.
    Water Melon contains more lycopene than the tomatoes of the same weight. 
  • Guava: Guava, pink or red coloured internally, is the super source of lycopene.
    They are most easy to consume and give the desired health benefits, including the lycopene source.
  • Papaya: Papaya is usually eaten raw and contains the same quantity of Lycopene as of Guava.
    Some people may be allergic to Papaya, point that should be noted while consuming Lycopene as the anticancer food.
  • Rose Hips:
    Although it is a potential source of Lycopene, but the amount of Lycopene present in Rose hips are less than the sources mentioned above.



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