Red and bright pink fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals called lycopene and anthocyanin. What do they help your body do?
Lycopene and anthocyanins are among the thousands of phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables. Lycopene may help to decrease risk for heart disease and some cancers; it has been specifically associated with prevention of prostate cancer. Anthocyanins are associated with health of the blood vessels, which is important for prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Much remains to be learned about phytochemicals, their actions and how they may work together. For more information about phytochemicals, visit the Phytochemical Information Center at www.pbhfoundation.org.