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Ice-Cold Lycopene
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Lycopene is a carotenoid and pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their red color. Researchers now say that it can keep you “in the pink” as well.

A recent Harvard study concluded that men who ate lycopene-rich diets enjoyed a much lower risk of developing certain cancers, especially prostate cancer. Another report indicates that women with the highest lycopene levels have a fivefold lower risk of developing pre-cancerous signs of cervical cancer than women with the lowest levels.

Your best summer sources of this important nutrient? Tomatoes and watermelon.


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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, May/June 2005. Copyright © 2010 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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