Red-Hot Nutrients for Our Health
Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelons and guava all have something wonderful in common. No, it’s not just that they are juicy and sweet, or have vibrant red tones; it’s that they’re loaded with lycopene.
What is lycopene? Lycopene is a naturally occurring phyto-chemical that gives fruit and veggies their delightful red color. The red variety of fruits and vegetables are high in natural pigments and antioxidants called carotenoids. These carotenoids are important for our health, especially the health of our eyes. Lycopene is also said to help promote heart health and is currently being studied for it potential positive effects on cancer.
Unlike most antioxidants, lycopene is most absorbable when processed. Foods like tomato sauces, tomato-based soups and ketchup, are surprisingly higher in lycopene than eating a ripe tomato off the vine. Just be cautious of additional ingredients, like an excess of sugar or sodium, or harsh preservatives. So fear not, spaghetti for dinner isn’t entirely the worst thing you can eat- It may even have a few health benefits.
Some supplements, including Viteyes® Multivitamin AREDS 2 Companion, contain bio-available sources of lycopene that may help maintain eye health. Ask your doctor is this supplement is right for you in additon to your AREDS 2.