“Is Lycopene A Cancer Killer?”
Lycopene is the “tomato” antioxidant that is hailed in lay magazines as a possible cure for the prevention of heart disease, cancer of the prostate, breast, lung, bladder, ovaries, colon and pancreas. Lycopene is also touted as being useful in treating HPV virus infections, which is a major cause of uterine and cervical cancer. Some even claim to use lycopene for treating or preventing cataracts and asthma. However, all of this must be looked at with an circumspect eye. We must be prudent when considering such outlandish claims and in the end, we must rely on the scientific evidence, not testimonials, opinions or sales pitches. Lycopene is a natural chemical that gives fruits and vegetables a red color and it has an especially high content in tomatoes.