Lycopene is a powerful phyto-nutrient found in tomatoes which is an effective scavenger of skin-damaging free radicals.
In brief, free radicals are unstable atoms, unlike stable atoms which contain two electrons, free radicals contain only one electron. In order to stabilize itself, it will try to steal electrons from other molecules in turn creating more unstable atoms, repeating this cycle, and potentially damaging cell function, impacting premature aging, skin cancer and cell death.
Lycopene works to protect cells from free radical damage, helps cells to work more effectively, reduce skin cell damage and reduce redness.
Including tomatoes in your diet may provide support in maintaining a healthy skin, particularly for those who are experiencing Rosacea.
To achieve maximum Lycopene benefit, tomatoes are best eaten cooked and paired with a healthy fat such as avocado, olive oil or seeds.
Check out ‘Feed Your Skin Starve Your Wrinkles’ by Allison Tannis, for some great, nutritious, tomato-based recipes and always check with your Doctor, as with many things, high consumption may adversely react with some medications.