Tomatoes a day keep heart
diseases away, says study
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The secret to a healthy heart may be simply relishing a nectarous tomato.
Confused? According to a recent investigation by the University of Adelaide,
tomatoes can serve as a powerful alternative to medication in lowering
cholesterol and blood pressure, thus preventing cardiovascular disease. It was
suggested that a bright red pigment called lycopene in tomatoes has antioxidant
properties that are essential for good health. This pigment appears present to a
lesser extent in watermelon, guava, papaya, pink grapefruit and rosehip as well.
Claimed to be a novel study, scientists have put forth the effect of lycopene on
cholesterol and blood pressure. The research amalgamates the results of around
14 analyses conducted within the last 55 years. It was pointed out that daily
intake of more than 25 milligrams of lycopene may decrease LDL-cholesterol by up
to 10 percent. Tomatoes apparently have high levels of lycopene and hence tout
to guard against heart disease. Researchers believe that drinking half a litre
of tomato juice or consuming 50 grams of tomato paste can help avert several
Lycopene appears better absorbed when consumed in processed and cooked tomatoes
or tomato paste rather than fresh tomatoes. This pigment is probably available
as a supplement in soft gelatine capsules or tablets also. In conclusion, high
lycopene consumption was supposedly linked with a reduced risk of cardiovascular
disease, including hardened arteries, heart attacks and strokes. Dr Karin Ried
and colleagues share the need for additional investigations to highlight the
possible benefits of regular lypocene intake.
The research is published in the journal Maturitas.