Glossary Term:

Title

lycopenes

Phonetic

<b>lie</b>-kuh-peenz

Description

vitamin-like antioxidants that help prevent damage to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Once thought to help lower prostate cancer risk, more recent studies have found no link between lycopene levels and prostate cancer risk. These substances are found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon. See also antioxidants, deoxyribonucleic acid.