Back in February, I told you that lycopene, the bioflavonoid known for its prostate benefits, also helps you lower your blood pressure. Now there's even more evidence that this amazing nutrient can reduce hypertension.

Researchers conducted a 16-week study and followed 31 volunteers who were from 31-70 years old. Anyone with known vascular risks were excluded from the study. The first 4 weeks, researchers gave the participants a placebo.

Then the participants took the lycopene supplement Lyc-O-Mato for four weeks. Their systolic blood pressure dropped by an average of 10 points. And their diastolic readings dropped an average of 4 points.

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An unexpected benefit of the nutrient was that it also protected the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels. The researchers discovered that Lyc-O-Mato sharply reduced lipid peroxidation, which destroys the endothelial cells.

Admittedly, this was a short-term study, and the target group could have been eating other beneficial fruits and veggies. However, I am becoming more fond of Lyc-O-Mato the more I read about it.

Action to take: The best way to get more lycopene is from fresh colorful fruits and veggies. But if you can't get five servings of these a day, Lyc-O-Mato would make an excellent supplement. Its lycopene content also will likely protect your prostate if you're a man. You can find Lyc-O-Mato at most discount stores and health food stores.

Ref: American Heart Journal, vol. 151, no. 1, pp. 100.e6-100.e1.

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