Updated: Apr 11, 2020
Tomatoes containing the nutrient lycopene can give us that natural inner glow we are searching for. Lycopene is a red nutrient in the carotenoid family that gives tomatoes their signature hue, and it quenches free radicals and induces the body's ability to cope with oxidative stress and inflammation.
Skin active vitamins such as vitamin A and E are also naturally present in the tomato. Lycopene works best for skin when it can team up with all of these tomato phytonutrients that have been found to synergize and enhance benefits of lycopene.
These phytonutrients can also help protect the collagen network by balancing core processes like oxidative stress and inflammation, thus reducing the degradation of the collagen. Whether we choose to supplement with collagen or not, using natural phytonutrients can help us protect the collagen network and allow it to thrive in our skin for a youthful look.
Carotenoids such as lycopene are oil soluble, and research shows that when tomatoes for example are cooked in oil (preferably a healthy oil like olive oil) the lycopene absorption is optimal. If you prefer your tomatoes raw, like in a salad, you can add olive oil or avocado for best results.