Lycopene is a natural carotenoid found in tomato that has been reported to possess various health benefits. Recent data suggests that lycopene also exhibits anti-inflammatory activity through induction of programmed cell death in activated immune cells. Tomatoes and lycopene were associated with reduced risk of cancers of the prostate, lung and stomach, according to the Journal of National Cancer Institute. Keep in mind that cooked tomatoes have even more lycopene than raw ones.