Lycopene boosts heart health

In one heart health study, 126 healthy men, average age 34, took 6 mg of the antioxidant lycopene per day, 15 mg of lycopene per day or a placebo. After eight weeks, antioxidant activity in the blood increased in both lycopene groups, and decreased for the placebo group. In the high-dose lycopene group, there was less DNA damage, better blood vessel flexibility, and a beneficial increase in the size of LDL cholesterol particles compared to the other two groups. Also, systolic blood pressure, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein—a sign of inflammation—declined significantly in the high-dose lycopene group.

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