Can tomatoes help prevent cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Tomatoes pack one to two times the punch against cancer because they contain both lycopene and cancer-fighting vitamin C. When cooked, these tomatoes release up to 150% of their bioavailable lycopene, the powerhouse antioxidant credited with helping prevent cancers such as prostate and cervical cancers. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Several recent studies report significant reductions in prostate cancer risk in those men who consume a lot of lycopene or tomato-based products.
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