Lycopene

A red-hot free radical fighter

Why we need it

Lycopene is one of a number of pigments called carotenoids. It gives fruits and vegetables a red color, and acts as a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from free radical damage and promote healthy arterial function.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How much do I need?

There is no recommended daily intake (RDI) for lycopene. Some experts recommend including around 9 mg of lycopene in your daily diet, while most research has studied supplementation at levels greater than 30 mg. We recommend you talk with your primary care provider to discuss your needs and determine your ideal intake.

Why we include it

A large amount of research has been done on lycopene and some studies suggest that this antioxidant is even more powerful than beta-carotene. Lycopene has been shown to help against free radical damage, promote healthy arterial function, and support male fertility and prostate function.

Where can I get it?

  • 3.5 oz guava – 5 mg
  • 3.5 oz watermelon – 4.5 mg
  • 3.5 oz tomatoes (cooked) – 3 mg
  • 3.5 oz papaya – 1.8 mg
  • 3.5 oz grapefruit – 1 mg
  • 3.5 oz sweet red peppers (cooked) – 0.5 mg

We recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or primary care provider before making changes to you or your child’s nutrient intake.

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