Tomatoes contain a variety of antioxidants such as the two carotenoids Lycopene and Beta Carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, polyphenolics such as Kaempferol and quercetin. Lycopene is the most abundant one in red tomatoes.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. It makes tomatoes red. It is soluble in oils and insoluble in water. Lycopene is easily absorbed by the organism and is naturally present in human plasma and tissues in higher concentrations than the other carotenoids.
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Lycopene has been used in skin care products, food, and health care products due to the following functions:
1. Lycopene has the function of prevention and suppression of cancer;
2. Lycopene has the function of protection of the cardiovascular;
3. Lycopene has the function of anti-ultraviolet radiation;
4. Lycopene has the function of suppression mutagenesis;
5. Lycopene has the function of anti-aging and enhancing immunity;
6. Lycopene can Improve skin allergies;
7. Lycopene can improve a variety of body tissues due to the destruction caused by dry cough, dry eyes, mouth ulcers, and other diseases;
8. Lycopene has the prevention of osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, reducing exercise-induced asthma, and other physiological functions;
9. Lycopene can be used as food additives for colorant and health care.