June 9, 2011
New research out suggests yet another reason to make sure you eat your fruits and vegetables.
An Australian study finds the plant substance, lycopene, can help lower LDL, or bad cholesterol without the muscle pain or weakness side effects from a statin drug.
Lycopene is naturally found in foods like tomatoes, but is much more concentrated in products like ketchup and tomato paste.
And organic brands contain even more than conventional ones.
Lycopene isn't just good for naturally lowering your cholesterol.
It may also help protect against cancer, macular degeneration and other age-related illnesses.
Other good sources of lycopene include watermelon and pink grapefruit.