Lycopene, the red carotenoid found in tomatoes, may have the same anti-cancer properties as beta-carotene according to Joseph Levy, PHD and Yoav Sharoni, PHD.

Researchers have reviewed the daily intake of one serving or more of tomatoes ( the Love Apple ) and tomato products and have found that tomatoes play a significant role in the prevention of prostate problems.

All men over the age of 45 (or sooner), should have the a prostate exam and/or the prostate -specific antigen (PSA) blood test. PSA is a blood test where the protein that circulates in the blood is measured. If the levels that are measured are elevated, then this is a sign that there may be prostate challenges.

#1 Tip to Try:

Try to consume cooked tomatoes as the effect is the highest due to the high concentration of lycopene.

Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps to prevent damage to DNA and may lower the risk of prostate problems.

#2 Tip to Try:

Fresh tomatoes and tomato juice are high in water content (approximately 94 percent and also low in calories). Both are good sources of Vitamin A and C and make an excellent choice when you are looking at weight loss as well.

#3 Tip to Try:

In a recent study, it was found that consumption of two to four servings of tomato sauce per week was associated with about a 35 percent risk reduction of total prostate problems.

In the Journal of Nutrition, Edward Giovannucci, MD said that a meta-analysis indicates that results from group studies and serum or plasma based studies involving tomatoes, lycopene, and prostate cancer support about a 25 to 30 percent reduction in the risk of prostate cancer. Giovannucci, E. “Tomato Products, Lycopene and Prostate Cancer: A Review of the Epidemiological Literature.” Journal of Nutrition. 135: 2030S-2031S, 2005.

Researches have found that higher blood levels of Lycopene stands out as a potent weapon against having prostate problems.

Other foods that have Lycopene in it:

  • Pink grapefruit
  • Pink Guava
  • Ketchup
  • Red Papaya
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Fresh Red Tomatoes
  • Tomato Juice
  • Tomato Paste
  • Red Watermelon

As always, we suggest that you consult with your doctor. Men may benefit from increasing their consumption of tomatoes and increasing their intake of lycopene.

Thanks for reading this article and please be sure to visit us again for more information on prostate problems.

Thanks and Take care,

Jane Brown

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