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Phytochemicals

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Some foods are currently being studied for their potential benefits in cancer prevention.  The reason is that these foods are rich in certain single nutrients (vitamin C, E, folate and selenium) as well as photochemicals (plant chemicals) that include: carotenoids, indoles, phenols, and others.  Lycopene is a member of the carotenoid family that most likely acts as an antioxidant and possibly alters cell metabolism in a favorable way.  Others can encourage normal cell development, suppress cancer cell formation and reduce carcinogen activation in the liver.

Try this simple way to increase your intake of lycopene found abundantly in tomatoes and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables.  Lycopene in particular may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

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