What is Lycopene?

Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that is naturally found in the skin of tomatoes and is what provides it with its deep red colour. Apart from its tomato colouring qualities, Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and is a natural substance that is common in a healthy Mediterranean diets. While some individuals claim that Lycopene is not an essential nutrient for humans, studies clearly show that people who consume Lycopene rich foods, especially tomatoes, have a lower risk of cancer, particularly prostate cancer.

Lycopene is usually absorbed into the body through a diet containing tomato products. Cooked tomatoes tend to have a much higher level of lycopene than raw, because cooking helps to break down the cell walls of the tomato which make the lycopene more available for the body to use. One ripe tomato may contain 3.7 milligrams of lycopene, but a cup of homemade tomato soup will contain almost 25 milligrams of lycopene. Eating tomato foods that contain limited amounts of olive or vegetable oil actually helps the lycopene to be more readily absorbed and utilized by the body.

Lycopene can also be effective when taken in supplement form. Because Lycopene has a crystalline structure it is difficult to absorb into the body, but Ateronon has been treated to ensure that it’s easily absorbed into the bloodstream at a quicker pace. Ateronon, a.k.a. ‘the tomato pill’, ensures safe and efficient absorption of lycopene through the gut wall.

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