Healing Powers Of Tomato

Natural And Curative Benefits Of Tomatoes

Today tomatoes have become a favorite fruit-vegetable, eaten world wide, both fresh and processed, more than any other fruit or vegetable. Health wise, this is a good thing because tomatoes contain compounds that help prevent a number of health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and cataracts.


Tomatoes contain a red pigment called lycopene, a compound which helps to neutralize free radicals before before they can cause damage. Recent studies show that lycopene have greater cancer fighting potential than beta-carotene.


In a large study involving thousands of men, researchers found that those who ate several servings a week of tomatoes, whether raw, cooked or in the form of sauce, were able to reduce their risk of development prostate cancer significantly. Since lycopene is a very strong antioxidant and concentrates in the prostate, men with high levels of lycopene run lower risk of prostate cancer. It has been found that lycopene is also a powerful inhibitor of breast and lung cancer cells. It also protects people from stomach, colon and rectal cancers.


New discoveries have found that tomatoes contain two powerful compounds, coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, which block the formation of nitrosamines which are cancer causing agents.


Tomatoes also contain lots of vitamin C and vitamin A, both of which help to boost immunity and help prevent cancer. Because it is rich in Vitamin A, consuming tomatoes may help protect against eye diseases such as night blindness and short sightedness. Eating tomatoes may also prevent the formation of urinary calculi or stone. It has been proven that the lack of vitamin A an C and recurrent urinary tract infections are among the factors in the formation of calculi.


To get the most when buying fresh tomatoes, choose those with a brilliant shade of red. Ripe red tomatoes contain much more beta-carotene than green immature ones. For convenience buy canned tomatoes and tomato sauce both of which contain full complement lycopene.

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