Lycopene - we have all heard of it, but what does it actually do?
Lycopene is found in reddish-orange pigmented fruit and vegetables like tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit and beets. It is known for its major benefits in helping heal those suffering from prostate cancer and breast cancer. It has also been demonstrated in providing protection to the blood vessels around the heart and neck.
Tomatoes (a great source of lycopene) have particularly been researched for their ability to protect against the development of cardiovascular disease. Lycopene is a fat soluble vitamin, so consuming tomatoes with some fat source will help it become more readily absorbable in the body. That is why I decided to include a fat source in this juice, added after the juicing itself.
Be sure to buy produce that is organic to reduce toxic load. It is hard for the body to heal when you are feeding it toxins to begin with. Be kind to your body, and go local and organic!
- 2 cups tomatoes
- 1/2 bunch parsley (about 1 cup)
- 4 large carrots
- 1 beet
- 1 lemon
- 1 tsp. hemp oil (add to juice last)
Juice the above ingredients (except hemp oil) in a juicer, such as the Omega, add in the hemp oil last, and enjoy immediately!