Sunday, July 1, 2007
Antioxidant Lycopene Can Treat Many Diseases
Lycopene, a nutrient and antioxidant found in tomatoes may help treat osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.
The lycopene content of an ordinary tomato however contain only a fraction of a milligram which is way below from the recommended daily intake of 5 mg.
Thankfully, a new breed of tomatoes developed by Tomaisins International has several times lycopene content than ordinary tomatoes. One tomato cherry may contain 1 mg of lycopene.
The cherries are dried and processed into capsules which can be taken orally or may be used to fortify foods like cereals, snack foods and pastas.
Aside from its antioxidant capabilities, carotenoids like lycopene also stimulates our body's internal antioxidant response mechanism that fights carcinogens and toxins.
Antioxidant awareness has sparked interest on manufacturers of supplements and obviously would benefit the public for a more healthy life.