Lycopene is easy to spot in foods. It’s the natural compound that gives foods like tomatoes, pink grapefruits and watermelons their rich red colour.
But lycopene is more than just a colour! It also has great health boosting benefits for your heart, protects you against deadly cancers and is considered by doctors as the most powerful anti-oxidant on the planet.
In fact, lycopene is so good for you, it can cut your stroke risk in half and shrink your prostate cancer problems, reveals Dr Jonathan Wright, the natural health specialist behind Nutrition & Healing.
And lucky for you, it’s easy to get more lycopene in your daily diet.
Eat more of these foods to get all the health-boosting benefits of lycopene
#1: Tomatoes: Whether you like them raw, cooked in spaghetti sauce or sundried, tomatoes are a great source of lycopene. But, and here’s the kicker, studies show sundried tomatoes provide the most lycopene, gram per gram, than any other food, reports healthaliciousness.com.
#2: Guavas: Not only are guavas a great source of vitamin C, they’re also high rich in lycopene.
#3: Pink grapefruit: “Pink grapefruit contains roughly the same amount of lycopene as a fresh tomato. While the fruit is bitter, it is very healthy, and some studies suggest that it can help lower cholesterol levels,” explains fitday.com.
#4: Papaya: Called the “fruit of the angels,” by Christopher Columbus, these tropical fruits are chockfull of health-boosting lycopene as well.
And if you think lycopene is only available in red foods, think again.
#5: Dried Parsley and Basil: Make it a habit to add dry herbs to your dishes. They’re packed with the vitamins, minerals and lycopene.
So there you have it – five delicious ways to protect your heart, cut your cancer risk down and get more lycopene in your body.