Lycopene is a bright red phytochemical that is found in fruits and vegetables. While it is not an essential vitamin, it is a powerful antioxidant.
Lycopene is non-toxic and can be consumed in large amounts, although eating too much lycopene can give the skin a temporary red tint.
What is a phytochemical?
They are nonessential nutrients, meaning that they are not required by the human body for sustaining life. It is well-known that plant produce these chemicals to protect themselves but recent research demonstrate that they can also protect humans against diseases.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LYCOPENE:
– anti-cancer properties
– reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer
– treats male infertility
– reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases
– diabetes mellitus
– prevents arteriosclerosis
– anti-bacterial and antifungal
grapefruit(pink and red)
TRIVIA: Lycopene is a naturally occurring chemical that gives fruits and vegetables a red color.