Lycopene is a plant pigment present in tomatoes that has antioxidant properties and gives the red color to some fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, it cannot be synthesized by the body. Therefore, it is only obtained through food. Chemically, it is included within the carotenoids family and is also known as provitamin A. Being a natural antioxidant, it protects cells from oxidation and cell aging and has a preventive action against cardiovascular diseases.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect cells so they do not suffer oxidative damage caused by free radicals produced in our bodies.
Taking beta-carotene, along with lycopene, could increase the amount of lycopene that is absorbed by our body.