Heartening News About Tomatoes

Tomatoes which are actually a fruit not a vegetable are loaded with health benefits. They are rich in vitamin A and potassium, while also being low in calories. They are also rich in an antioxidant called lycopene. hey also have anti-inflammatory properties that is good for your blood vessels. A double blind study has found that drinking a glass of tomato juice a day can reduce blood levels of TNF alpha by 34%,

You say tomato, I say blood thinner: New research suggests a daily glass of tomato juice may help prevent dangerous blood clots, particularly for people with Type 2 diabetes. (Diabetics are more susceptible to blood platelet clotting, which can cause strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems.)

Researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia recruited 20 people who had either Type 2 diabetes or blood sugar levels that showed they were on the way to getting it. One group drank a cup of tomato juice daily for three weeks, while the other got a tomato-flavored placebo drink.

At study’s end, the juice-drinkers had reduced the clumping of their platelets by one-third.

Scientists don’t fully understand how tomatoes affect clotting, but suspect a substance called P3, found in the pulp around the seeds, is responsible. And while the study involved people with insulin problems, the authors say anyone with clotting concerns could benefit.

This study used “clarified” tomato juice, which is clearer and thinner than juices in supermarkets. But the researchers say regular tomato juice probably yields similar benefits.

Another benefit of including tomatoes in your diet is that they have been found to help ward off cancer. Numerous studies have concluded that the more tomatoes people eat the lower their risk for certain cancers, especially lung, stomach and prostate cancer.  It is believed that lycopene is responsible for this cancer protective impact.

 

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