Lycopene is a natural chemical and carotene pigment that is commonly found in fruits and vegetables that are red. Lycopene can be found in tomatoes, apricots, watermelons, pink grapefruits, and other red fruits and vegetables. Its strong red color are said to be useful as a food coloring. Lycopene’s red color also gives it antioxidant properties. Lycopene is often times used as an herbal remedy, natural medicine, homeopathic holistic medicine, and home remedy for its health benefits.
Health Benefits of Lycopene
Other names for lycopene include: All-Trans Lycopene, Licopeno, Lycopenes, and Psi-Psi-Caroene. Some believe that lycopene may have anti-cancer properties because consumption of tomatoes are said to lower the risk of cancer. Since lycopene is one of the major nutrients associated with the tomatoes, it has been speculated that lycopene as an herbal dietary supplement or home remedy may also be an effect natural medicine for some cancers (like prostate cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, cancer of the ovaries, and lung cancer).
Some research suggests that due to its antioxidant rich nature, lycopene may have some health benefits as an alternative medicine or naturopathic remedy for ailments such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and infertility in males. There have been a large number of scientific and medical studies of lycopene as a potential anti-cancer natural medicine. The results have been missed so far, and there seems to be more evidence to suggest that fresh tomatoes themselves might be better for treating cancer rather than lycopene.
Other maladies in which some claim that lycopene may have some health benefits as a natural remedy or homeopathic medicine for include the human papilloma virus (HPV), asthma, as a preventative medicine for heart diseases such as atherosclerosis, and cataracts.
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