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    #2522904 - 04/03/04 10:02 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

did you know Lycopene can reduce the risk of prostate and cervical cancer, and can reduce heart attack?

Lycopene, the pigment that makes tomatoes red, is what's called a carotenoid-a plant-based antioxidant compound that may protect against cancer and heart disease. It is believed that lycopene is even more powerful than beta-carotene, the best-known carotenoid. Lycopene can also be found in pink grapefruit, guava and watermelon but is most potent in red tomatoes.

A heart study measuring lycopene in fatty tissue of 1,374 men showed that it could reduce the risk of a heart attack by 50%. Lycopene has though other ailing effects. It has been seen that lycopene can be used as an anti-carcinogen, greatly reducing the risk of some cancers. In a six-year study of 47,000 male health professionals Harvard Medical School found that eating tomato products more than twice a week was associated with 21-34% reduced risk of prostate cancer. In 1995 Harvard School of Public Health studied further into this and found that those men who ate more than 10 servings of tomato foods a week were 45% less at risk to prostate cancer; those with only 4-7 servings were 20% less at risk. The University of Illinois found that comparing woman with the highest levels of lycopene and those with the lowest showed that the highest levels were five times less likely to have cervical cancer.

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