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Tomato protects against skin cancer

Scientists believe adding several tablespoons of tomato paste to the daily diet can protect the skin against harmful ultraviolet rays.

According to a recent study, tomato paste not only can prevent the skin from premature aging but also from skin cancer.

Scientists claim cooked tomatoes contain higher levels of lycopene compared to raw ones, which contribute to the above mentioned protective effects.

Findings showed individuals who had tomato paste in their regular diets are 33 percent less prone to sunburn injuries.

The study also revealed higher levels of procollagen, the molecule which gives the skin its structure and keeps its firm, in such individuals.

Previous studies had reported the protective effect of lycopene in reducing prostate cancer risk.

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