On several dozen occasions, lycopene, our tomato-based friend, has been linked to prostate health and prostate protection in men. And that’s great. Men are grateful to grapefruit, glad for guavas and thankful to tomatoes because of all that beneficial prostate-protecting nutrition they provide.
But just because lycopene is closely associated with men’s health doesn’t mean women can’t benefit from the antioxidant properties of the wonderful carotenoid.
In a recent rat study published in Bone, researchers looked at two groups of female rats without ovaries. One group was given a lycopene supplement while the other rats were not. Those rats that received lycopene had greater bone density than the control group. The lycopene-fed rats also had more estrogen and sex hormones. Researchers believe that these benefits may be due to lycopene’s antioxidant benefits. A 2014 study out of Japan found similar results in regards to bone density.
Lycopene hasn’t been tested on human bone density yet, but you can still enjoy its antioxidant properties. You’ll find lycopene in AIM’s ReAssure SP and Proancynol 2000.