Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Watermelon has more Lycopene than Tomatoes

Watermelon not only quenches your thirst! It also contains lycopene - a potent carotenoid antioxidant.
A 1 cup serving may contain 7 to 10 mg of lycopene, tomatoes contain less.

Lycopene is known to be an effective quencher of singlet oxygen(a free radical). Frequent intake of this phytochemical is associated with the lower risk of acquiring diseases caused by free radicals like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and even male fertility.

Next time you eat watermelon, don't forget that it also gives your body the added protection from radicals.

If your lifestyle does not permit you from eating fruits and vegetables, consider taking antioxidant supplements.

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