Lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid found in tomatoes, is a powerful anticancer nutrient that can reduce pre-cancerous cells that lead to breast tumors. This nutrient reduces free radicals in the body which are a precursor of cancerous cells. By neutralizing the free radicals, lycopene not only provides protection from developing cancer but also has the ability to reduce tumor growth.
Researchers have found that dietary lycopene, which is from whole foods rather than supplements, reduced cellular markers of oxidative stress in women with existing breast cancer.
This is promising research as it suggests that eating foods containing lycopene frequently can provide protection against breast cancer development as well as help reduce cancerous cells.