Lycopene for Prostate Health

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Lycopene for Prostate Health

Lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient most abundant in tomatoes and pink grapefruit, contributes to the maintenance of normal healthy human prostate tissues and helps prostate gland cells control their reproductive rate by acting as an antioxidant to protect cellular DNA from oxidation. The beneficial effects of lycopene on the prostate are substantiated by the results of human studies that suggest that prostate health can be enhanced by the routine daily consumption of at least 6.5 mg of lycopene.1

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Tomatoes for Prostate Health

References:
1. Giovannucci E, Rimm EB, Liu Y, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC. A prospective study of tomato products, lycopene, and prostate cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst 2002;94:391-398.


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