Posted on 19 November 2008 by

Lycopene in Tomatoes Fights Endometriosis

By Vanessa Richins

I am beginning to wonder if there is anything lycopene CAN’T do.

A new study suggests that it can help reduce the damage done by endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a condition in females where uterine cells wander to other locations in the pelvis and attach there.

The result are adhesions (scars), inflammation and pain. It can negatively affect fertility as well.

Now, a study presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference in San Francisco showed that when adhesive tissues were treated with lycopene, the formation of adhesions were reduced as much as 90%.

As an article in the UK Daily Mail states “Dr Tarek Dbouk, a researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, said the amount used in the experiments was compatible with consumption of a lycopene-rich diet.”

How much do you need to consume in a lycopene-rich diet? It’s as simple as one tomato, 5.3 oz pasta sauce, or one cup tomato juice. Don’t go overboard though – as the article warns, one woman drank so much tomato juice that she developed orange skin. Lycopene can also be found in papaya, rose hips, and a Chinese fruit named gac.

Also, as you probably know, cooked tomatoes are better for lycopene consumption than raw tomatoes. When you cook them, it changes the chemical structure of lycopene and allows it to be absorbed better.

You know how they say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”? Well, with all these lycopene studies, I propose it be changed.

Join me in telling everyone that it’s a tomato a day that keeps the doctor away!

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