Did you know that paprika is a rich source of antioxidant phytochemicals? Discover the benefits of lycopene as a preventive and therapeutic measure for health
Lycopene is the substance that confers the red color of many fruits and vegetables, as in the case of the peppers, tomatoes or watermelons, which can also be orange and even yellowish, as with happens on carrots or papaya.
Lycopene is composed of antioxidant carotenoids that have generated much attention from the medical point of view due to their biological and physicochemical properties in the prevention of chronic diseases such as many types of cancer or cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
What are carotenoids? They are the phytochemical pigments that are considered responsible for protective effects of the health of fruits and vegetables. A group formed by approximately 600 fat-soluble pigments.
How does lycopene work in a plant? It is synthesized exclusively by plants and microorganisms, and found in nature as a natural pigment that protects the plant health. Its function is to absorb light during photosynthesis, protecting the plant against photosensitization.
In humans, it has been scientifically proven that lycopene helps to neutralize free radicals, preventing the development of various types of cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and some types of cancer.
It improves heart problems and is very beneficial for the eyesight, as well as problems related to age. This antioxidant capacity is also beneficial to keep the skin young and hydrated.
How can we take it? Lycopene can be taken directly in raw or fat-soluble, as well as through all its derivative products, since it retains its functional properties after being processed. Sauces seasoned with paprika preserve and concentrate all their properties in an exceptional way.
In the paprika, the lycopene contributes to the fruits of the pepper its optimal color, which coincides with the exact moment of its maturation and harvesting. The redder and more intense color indicates a higher level of carotenes, as is the case with the peppers used in Paprika Los Novios, which gives a higher concentration of lycopene.