Lycopene belongs to the family of carotenoids phytonutrients, which are the yellow, orange, and red fat-soluble pigments molecules that give color to plants. Lycopene is what makes tomatoes red and is also found in watermelon, guava, and pink grapefruit. Lycopene is an antioxidant, which helps prevent many degenerative diseases by neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise cause cellular damage. This means it helps protect you from dementia, cardiovascular disease, premature aging, cancer and cataracts.

Lycopene defends the brain against the kind of damage that causes cognitive impairment, and it may even protect against memory decline. It also has protent anti-inflammatory effects that are great for your brain.Lycopene is protective against prostate cancer and studies suggest it also protects cells in the stomach, lung, colon and skin.

Top Farmacy Sources: Tomatoes, Pink Grapefruit, Guava Fruit, Watermelon

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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