Packed full of phytonutrients, the Lycopene-rich, humble tomato is one of nature’s most commonly used, and yet most under-rated fruits. And yes, it is - botanically at least - a fruit! Lycopene is considered an essential nutrient in the human diet, however in Britain we are thought to consume only a fraction of the intake recommended by nutritionists.
Although, as yet, there are no approved EU health claims for lycopene, it is popular in supplement form as it is thought to combat free radicals in the body and offer benefits for the heart, prostate and skin.
Lycopene is an extremely powerful antioxidant
Nutritionally, the key element of interest in the tomato is the massively-powerful antioxidant it contains, called lycopene. In fact lycopene is so potent, it has shown to have around 150 times more antioxidant power than the more commonly known antioxidant Vitamin E.
Top Tip: Lycopene is fat-soluble so if you consume it with a little fat this can increase its absorption in our bodies.
Apart from having higher anti-oxidant levels than beta-carotene, lycopene has a further advantage in that the levels of retinol (Vitamin A) are much, much lower, so lycopene supplements can safely be taken without risk of over exposure to Vitamin A.
Just one of our gelatin-free capsules daily provide a full 15mg of natural source Lycopene, in an easy to swallow fully-vegetarian (and vegan) capsule.