Lycopene is a natural pigment found mostly in ripe tomatoes. The effect of lycopene is mainly anti-oxidation, but it is one of the most powerful antioxidants, and its oxidative power is higher than that of vitamin E and carotenoids. Lycopene is often used in many health products and cosmetics to prevent human aging.
The efficacy and role of lycopene
1. Enhance immunity
Lycopene is absorbed into the blood and lymph through the mucous membrane of the digestive tract in the body, and distributed to the testis, prostate, breast, ovary, skin, and various mucosal tissues, which can promote the glands to secrete hormones, keep the human body vigorous, and enhance human immunity. effect.
2. The effect of lowering cholesterol
Lycopene can inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol in the human body and reduce the cholesterol content in the body. Consuming 60 mg of lycopene per day for three consecutive months can reduce cholesterol levels in the body by at least 14%. People with high cholesterol in the body can appropriately take some foods containing lycopene, or health products to control the cholesterol content in the body.
3. It has the effect of preventing cancer
Lycopene has a very strong antioxidant capacity and can scavenge free radicals in the body, and these free radicals are one of the reasons that lead to the formation of cancer cells in the body. Lycopene can also prevent cells from producing genetic mutations under the influence of the outside world. Chemical pollution and industrial pollution in modern society are very serious, and lycopene intake can effectively prevent the occurrence of various cancers.
4. Protect cardiovascular
Lycopene plays an important role in reducing lipoprotein oxidation. It can fight free radicals in the blood vessels, avoid the oxidation of lipids in the blood, and make the blood flow smoothly. Can prevent high cholesterol and hyperlipidemia, slow down the development of cardiovascular disease.
5. Protect the prostate
The strong antioxidant capacity of lycopene can avoid and improve prostate diseases in men. Lycopene can enter the prostate tissue through the body's blood circulation, enhance the repair ability of cells, help the prostate maintain a young state, and prevent the deterioration of the prostate. Lycopene can also reduce the production of free radicals, harmful chemicals that make male infertility, can increase the sperm count of infertile men, enhance sperm motility, and improve male fertility.