Lycopene is one of the carotenes and a member of the carotenoid family. Also known as a phytochemical and primarily associated with tomatoes, it has strong antioxidant properties and known associations between intake and risk of cancer. Lycopene also offers a wide range of benefits in helping maintain cardiovascular and prostate health and recent research suggests it may play an important role in keeping vision healthy by preventing cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). According to researchers, watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable, providing 15 to 20 mg per 2-cup serving.
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