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Lycopene is considered by many specialists as one of the most potent antioxidants known to man due to its ability to prevent the development of certain cancers and other ailments. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is present in red fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, watermelon, and grapefruits. This antioxidant may help prevent cell damage that can be caused by oxidative stress, pollution, and many more. Lycopene may also prevent the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and male infertility. In addition to these health benefits, lycopene may prevent the development of prostate cancer, one of the leading causes of male sexual health problems.

The prostate is walnut-size gland that is located just below the bladder and is prone to many male urinary tract problems, cancer, benign enlargement, inflammation, and many more. With an estimated 18,000 new cases a year in the United States, it has become of the most common causes of male malignancy.

Prostate cancer is any tumor or abnormal growth of cells in the tissues of the prostate gland and probably beyond the prostate. The exact cause of this kind of cancer is not known. Many health experts believe that one's age and family history may play a role in the chances of developing this dreaded disease. Prostate cancer is very common among black men and male patients over 50 years old.  Medical studies show that this ailment is most likely caused by changes in male testosterone levels. This hormone is produced by the testes which influences the development and spread of prostate cancer. Thus, men with higher testosterone levels are more prone to acquire this health ailment. Age is a prevailing factor in the risk for the development of prostate cancer. As men get older, the risk of acquiring this cancer may also increase.  Failure to treat this condition may impair a man's overall well- being and sexual health.

The role of lycopene in preventing prostate cancer is unclear. However, several health studies suggest that this antioxidant is a key factor in reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer. This is possible because lycopene is a phytochemical that acts as a cancer-blocking agent that may help prevent carcinogens (agents that are involved in the formation of cancer) from interacting with other cellular components. This factor is essential in cancer prevention. Aside from lycopene, other cancer-suppressing phytochemicals include beta-carotene, curcumin, epigallocatechin gallate, genistein, resveratrol, gingerol, capsaicin, and many more.

Studies that focus on the health benefits of lycopene is a reminder that engaging in healthy lifestyles and partaking in healthy diets are essential in preventing the formation of prostate cancer and other kinds of cancers. Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, foods high in monosodium glutamate (MSG), and other substances that may irritate the urinary tract is important to prostate health. If these things cannot be avoided, eating or drinking them in moderation is the next best preventive measure. In addition to these factors, exercising and cutting down on animal fat consumption and eating lots of fiber, fruits, and vegetables may improve one's health.


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