Tomatoes and tomato juice are nutrition powerhouses. Tomatoes are actually a fruit but are prepared in meals like a vegetable. They are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants including lycopene.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant providing numerous health benefits. It is shown to enhance athletic performance and improve overall health and fitness. Drinking tomato juice prior to workouts is said to reduce harmful chemical levels caused by oxidative stress.
Think about lycopene as the inflammation cleanup crew when we exercise. Demanding workouts increase levels of oxygen (oxidative stress) and other chemicals potentially damaging to muscle tissue, cells, and even DNA.2 Antioxidants—especially lycopene—have been shown to significantly reduce these inflammatory chemical reactions.