Lycopene is the plant pigment and gives tomato its red color.
Lycopene is liposoluble compound and for that reason it is found 8 times more in ketchup than in tomato.
In every 30 g of ketchup there is 3 mg of lycopene, which is the quantity needed for daily intake.
Lycopene is a kind of provitamin A and helps the growth and improves the sight.
Lycopene is deposited in tissue, first of all in prostate gland, liver and in suprarenal gland thus reducing oxidative damages of biological systems, DNK molecules, lipoproteins...
Lycopene binds free radicals and neutralizes their harmful effects. Lycopene reduces the risk of appearance of malignant changes in prostate gland, breast, cervix of uterus, lungs, digestion system...
Lycopene prevents the development of cardiovascular diseases. Lycopene reduces harmful effect of UV radiation and secures internal protection equivalent to factors 2 to 4. Lycopene helps in prevention of cell damages which lead to premature aging. Lycopene reduces harmful effect of tobacco.
Lycopene is one of the 650 carotenoids which exist in high concentrations in testicles of healthy men; low concentrations are noted mainly with those who suffer from sterility.
Lycopene reduces so called bad cholesterol (LDL).