Slow aging thanks to tomato paste
Nutrition is extremely important when it comes to decelerating skin aging. Micronutrients such as antioxidants play a key role here. And some foods are loaded with it. Tomato paste is one of those things. It is particularly rich in lycopene. That works twice as well. 1. it protects the skin from damage and 2. it improves natural cell regeneration. This keeps the skin firm, elastic and fresh for longer.
☝️ When you're into skin care, you stumble upon all sorts of tips. Many of these are downright harmful. A healthy skepticism is therefore absolutely desirable. Before anything is allowed into the FIVE skin care tips , it goes through a thorough fact check. The importance of antioxidants is well documented by studies. Tomato paste is also recommended by dermatologists as an excellent source1.
What is lycopene?
Lycopene is considered a highly effective antioxidant. And you need a constant supply of these substances. They protect your cells from oxidative stress. This is what happens when free radicals take over. They then attack healthy cells. This damages your skin in several ways:
- Free radicals kill healthy cells.
- Oxidative stress impedes the regeneration of the skin.
- It breaks down bulking proteins like keratin, elastin and collagen.
These and other consequences of oxidative stress accelerate skin aging. The article Antioxidants, free radicals and what they mean for your skin deals with this in detail. Many antioxidants, which are as effective as possible, stop this destructive chain reaction. And that's where the tomato paste comes in.
What does lycopene contain?
Lycopene is a form of carotenoids. This is the reddish plant pigment that is found in many fruits. As an antioxidant, however, lycopene has a much stronger effect than its relatives. It is said to have a cell protection effect that is around 10 times higher than, for example, beta-carotene2. There are some fruits that are particularly rich in lycopene. These include:
- Pink grapefruits
- Rose hips
- And tomatoes
Tomato paste is particularly rich in lycopene
100 g of tomato paste contain around 62 mg of lycopene. This highly concentrated power is more than 12 times that of fresh tomatoes. In addition, the lycopene in tomato paste has a much better bioavailability for the skin. The body can use a lot of what you eat from it right away. So it works in a pretty direct way.The good thing is that you don't have to eat huge amounts. Just a tablespoon of tomato paste a day will cover your needs.
☝️ By the way: Lycopene even got its name from the tomato. Its botanical name is Solanum lycopersicum.
Lycopene likes it hot and greasy
Does a fresh tomato salad work too, you might be wondering? With fresh tomatoes, however, the bioavailability is significantly lower. Lycopene is not only very heat stable. The body can absorb it even better when it has been heated. Of course, tomato soup or pasta sauce also works accordingly. Tomato paste comes in handy because it's so easy to take a tablespoon a day. Pasta al Pomodoro doesn't have to be 365 times a year after all.
It is important to combine tomato paste with vegetable oil. Lycopene is fat-soluble. So the body needs oil at the same time in order to be able to absorb it. Luckily, that's just as easy to get. Just add a few drops of cooking oil to the tomato paste. If you use flaxseed oil, you also get a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. They are indispensable so that your skin cells (others too, of course) can regenerate and protect themselves. More on this under Beautiful skin thanks to omega-3: is it also vegan?
🌟 Your slow-aging super combo: a tablespoon of tomato paste with a little linseed oil every day.