Lycopene May Protect Your Skin From the Inside Out
A recent study found that supplements of lycopene may help counteract cancer-causing free radicals that are produced when our skin is exposed to UV rays.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant which helps neutralize harmful free radicals. It is a red pigment found in a number of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon.
The study was conducted by LycoRed, a company that produces functional and nutritional ingredient solutions for food fortification and nutritional supplements.
The researchers looked at the production of sunburn cells in the study's participants. Fewer sunburn cells indicate lower levels of damage.
According to the researchers, the number of sunburn cells present in participants who took daily lycopene supplements was significantly lower than in participants who took a daily placebo of soy oil.
Although the full details of this study will not be published until later this year, previous studies have already linked lycopene with numerous benefits such as improvements in heart health and blood pressure.
If you want to increase lycopene levels you may want to consider taking a lycopene supplement, or increasing your consumption of red-pigmented foods such as tomatoes and papayas.
Certain diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, are also high in lycopene. The Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, and healthy oils, such as those found in fish, olives, and nuts.