Benefits of Tomatoes and Lycopene

The following comes from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF).  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is one of the most well-studied antioxidants in the fight against prostate cancer.  Recent research suggests that lycopene may inhibit prostate cancer growth and development of metastases.  Cooking tomatoes and consuming them with healthy fats (such as olive oil) increases the body’s ability to absorb lycopene.  PCF recommends that men -with or without prostate cancer- consume a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables, including cooked tomatoes.  It is NOT recommended that men take a separate lycopene supplement.  To find out more about the latest research into healthy eating with a prostate cancer diagnosis, download or order the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s new guide, Health & Wellness: Living with Prostate Cancer, at www.pcf.org/guides. Their phone number is 1-800-757-CURE (2873).

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