Source: Tomato extract
Lycopene is a naturally occurring organic molecule that gives fruits and vegetables a red color, found in watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. It is found in particularly high amounts in tomatoes. As an antioxidant, lycopene has been shown to be the most effective of all the carotenoids in quenching singlet oxygen, a highly reactive and short-lived molecule capable of causing extensive cell damage. A new study has found that lycopene, when taken on a daily basis, can also be very helpful in assisting the repairs of skin tissue.
Our bodies actually get energy (ATP) from the MACROnutrients we eat. Macronutrients are the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats contained in our foods. Vitamins belong to a group of nutrients called micronutrients (because we need them in “micro” amounts relative to the macronutrients). These micronutrients help us liberate the energy from the carbohydrate, proteins and fats. You probably don’t need a special vitamin if you are eating well, but you might want to explore spreading your meals and snacks throughout the day as that helps some people sustain their energy levels. Try to eat mostly whole foods high in fiber so you don’t get that temporary jolt of energy that refined foods can provide, followed by a drop in energy a short time later. Don’t forget also to examine sleep deprivation and stress which can be HUGE energy zappers.