A fat, juicy and ripe tomato, grown organically and dynamically, is best tasting. And even better if the tomatoes are grown in this condition from Italy. Tomatoes are a staple in my household. We eat them every day, raw and cooked. And being in Europe for the moment, we are fortunate to have access to tasty and amazing quality tomatoes from Italy. Not only do tomatoes make an excellent addition to dishes, but they are also abundant in lycopene, the red pigment in the fruit that is a powerful antioxidant.
Being the most powerful antioxidant in the carotenoid family, lycopene touts many health benefits. In a test tube, the antioxidant is a hundred times more effective at quenching free radicals than vitamin E.
Research studies revealed lycopene prevents cervical cancer by limiting viral load, decreasing progression to the disease. Another cancer it prevents is prostate cancer. So when a man eats a tomato, lycopene goes directly to his prostate.
Eating tomato products also have an effect with people suffering from depression. In a study involving thousands of older men and women, those eating a tomato-rich diet had half the odds of depression.
Consuming tomatoes regularly has anti-inflammatory effects, which is also beneficial for recovery after exercise and for reducing asthma. Just by eating vegetables — including tomatoes — with every meal protects cells from oxidation. The yellow pigment around tomato seeds inhibits platelet activation without affecting clotting, which may explain why eating whole-food tomato products is associated with lower cardiac mortality.
Lycopene in Skin Care
Because tomato is one of many plant food containing lycopene, it’s understandable why companies like 100% Pure seek out tomato lycopene for its benefits on skin care. 100% Pure’s Tomato Lycopene Face Cream aims to nourish and protect your skin against damage, restoring your complexion. Targeted for combination skin types, it hydrates and soothes, providing extra nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Juice, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/ Stem Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Lycopersicon Esculentum (Tomato Lycopene) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower Leaf, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax) and Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, Citric Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water *Certified Organic
Where to buy: 100% Pure
I believe a healthy skin comes almost exclusively from a healthy diet. By consuming an antioxidant-rich and nutrient-rich diet, this provides nourishment from the inside to the outside. You’re taking care of your health from within, which will shine on the outside given you aren’t living in a toxic environment. Using skin care with antioxidants and vitamins are not the best way to restore good skin. It can help, but if you’re eating an unhealthy diet and live in a polluted environment, whatever you put on your face can’t completely fix bad skin. That said, after using 100% Pure’s Tomato Lycopene Face Cream, I saw no difference in my skin, but it was soothing and moisturizing. Although targeted for combination skin, I think it benefits sensitive and dry skin types as well. This is because the cream is thick and moisturizing. It doesn’t actually absorb into the skin that well and sits on your face, creating shine. This isn’t ideal for those with oily skin like myself. Though the face cream contains a plethora of beneficial ingredients, I don’t think it’s the solution for having a better skin.