Lycopene is a strange word for ordinary people. It is derived from tomatoes, which are actually contained in watermelons, grapes, grapefruit, plums, persimmons, papayas, mangoes, guavas, citrus, and various fruits and vegetables such as radishes and carrots. Although lycopene has been studied for more than 100 years, its beneficial effects on human health have not been scientifically proven until nearly 30 years.
In the past ten years, more than ten population surveys have been conducted on the relationship between lycopene and cancer. Most studies have obtained satisfactory positive results, indicating that the intake of tomato, tomato products and lycopene can cause at least the risk of prostate cancer. Reduce by 20%.
The development of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia is caused by damage to the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and severe diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Some scholars have pointed out that because lycopene can protect low-density lipoprotein from oxidative damage, it may play a protective role in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Dutch scholars selected 66 patients with myocardial infarction to determine carotenoid content in their subcutaneous fat. The lycopene content of the patients was found to be lower than that of healthy people, and the α- and β-carotene contents were also lower than those of normal people, indicating that these carotenoids are closely related to the occurrence of myocardial infarction. Australian preventive medicine experts have conducted stroke prevention studies on patients with cerebrovascular disease. Their report indicates that most of the elderly with cerebrovascular disease are at high risk of microvascular damage in the brain. Further explore the causes of cerebral vascular injury in patients, and found that the levels of lycopene and α-tocopherol (vitamin E) in the serum of these people are at a low level, and both food ingredients have strong antioxidant function and Vascular protection function.
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