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Lycopene: How This Plant Pigment May Benefit Your Health

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fresh tomatoes with lycopene

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  • Lycopene is a pigment belonging to the carotenoid family, and is known for producing the red color mainly found in tomatoes
  • In one study, increased intake of lycopene was linked to reduced levels of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), a marker associated with a higher risk of premenopausal breast cancer

Lycopene is a pigment belonging to the carotenoid family, and is known for producing the red color mainly found in tomatoes. You may have come across tomato-based products that advertise lycopene as a nutrient that may benefit your health in various ways. But is there any truth to these claims? According to published research, there may be.


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