The Secret Beauty Ingredient in Tomatoes
Beauty Improving Tomatoes
Lycopene is the carotene, which gives plants their red colour and has great beauty and health benefits including.:
- A powerful antioxidant.
- Increase the levels of pro-collagen, a molecule, which gives, skin its structure and loss of which leads to skin ageing and lack of elasticity.
- Protects against sunburn in the form of less redness caused by UVB radiation.
- Protects against cell damage and improves the cell communication, energy and work.
- Appears to up regulate the production of the body’s protective enzymes at the antioxidant response element of the DNA.
- Prevents cancers like, prostate, colon, cervix, lung and breast.
- Can slow the growth of tumours in particular when combined with alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).
- Protects against cardiovascular disease.
- Some tests with birds have shown that lycopene can diminish heat stress-related responses in the body.
Foods rich in lycopene:
- guava fruit
- sweet red peppers
Lycopene is fat-soluble, works most effectively in cooperation with vitamin E and is best absorbed in the body in processed form.
The best food source of lycopene is tomatoes. There is a catch though. In raw tomatoes, lycopene is tightly bound to indigestible fibre. Therefore eating raw tomatoes provides relatively small amounts of bioavailable lycopene. Cooked tomatoes, such as tomato paste or tomato sauce are a much better dietary source of lycopene.
As Lycopene is fat-soluble and prefers to work with for vitamin E, have the tomatoes with some of the vitamin E-rich extra-virgin olive oil for optimum power and protection.
100 g. /3.5 oz. tomato paste per day provides great health benefits.
Tomatoes has a special beauty enhancing substance called lycopene, it just needs a little help to come out.