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tuxedoMan
June 6th 04, 06:49 AM
Important Research Studies About (LYCOPENE) The Tomato Nutrient

Lycopene, a carotenoid from tomatoes that science suggests is a
powerful nutrient, provides valuable protective health benefits . . .

A study in Finland investigated the relationship between blood levels
of lycopene and thickness of the carotid artery wall. A group of
1,028 men (age 46 - 64) who entered the study in 1987 - 1989 were
re-examined four years later (1991 - 1993). Their blood levels of
lycopene, beta-carotene and vitamin E were measured along with the
thickness of the carotid artery wall.

In separating the men into four groups of various levels of blood
lycopene they also found the group with the highest blood lycopene
content also had the highest blood levels of beta-carotene, folate and
vitamin E. The strongest correlation was found between low blood
lycopene concentrations and higher carotid artery thickness,
suggesting unique benefits of tomatoes and tomato products (food
sources of lycopene). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003).
Vol. 77 pp. 133-8.

Replenishment of the body's Lycopene supply can help bolster the
body's defense mechanisms, resulting in greater protection of the
body's enzymes, DNA and cellular lipids. Lycopene eliminates a
particularly destructive form of oxidation called free radicals.
Lycopene is also one of the most abundant carotenoids in human blood
serum and is the most abundant carotene in prostate tissue.

Another recent study at Harvard indicates that men with a high intake
of tomato based foods may enjoy greater protection against prostate
cancer and many experts believe that the carotenoid, Lycopene which
gives tomatoes their rich, red color, may play a crucial role in their
protective power.

As a convenient, effective daily supplement, Lycopene 5 mg. is
equivalent to approximately as much as in ONE POUND of red-ripened
tomatoes!

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