When it comes to achieving healthy looking skin, what you put in your body matters so much more than what you put on it. But what you put in it can also help protect you from a range of deadly diseases.

Meet the antioxidant proven to help fight Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis and more deadly diseases.

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Lycopene, the most important antioxidant in tomatoes, is what gives the fruit its super powerful properties. And before we dive deeper into this, yes tomatoes are a fruit. According to the Oxford Dictionary, “scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless)…[and] a tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant.”

Now that we have that cleared up, let’s get back to the benefits of the tomato and Lycopene. The antioxidant Lycopene offers protection against a range of deadly diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, lycopene in tomatoes could be responsible for the fruit’s anticancer properties. Laboratory studies show that Lycopene, “together with a group of related compounds collectively called the ‘red family,’ has displayed anti-cancer potential in a variety of laboratory studies. In the laboratory, tomato components have stopped the proliferation of several other cancer cells types, including breast, lung, and endometrial.”

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Food Tip: You can enhance the cancer-fighting of tomatoes by eating them in a processed form. Try taking them in as a sauce, juice or a paste of tomatoes so your body can more easily absorb the nutrients in a higher concentration.

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