Tomatoes prevent vascular
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Scientists in Japan have discovered that
tomatoes contain a nutrient, which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases.
Vascular disease is a form of cardiovascular disease primarily affecting the
The research has revealed that an extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, has
The team led by Dr Teruo Kawada, from Kyoto University, Japan, focused their
research on extracts, which tackle dyslipidemia, a condition that is caused by
an abnormal amount of lipids, such as cholesterol or fat, in the blood stream.
"Dyslipidemia itself usually causes no symptoms," said Kawada, "however; it can
lead to symptomatic vascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis and cirrhosis.
In order to prevent these diseases it is important to prevent an increased build
up of lipids."
Tomato is already known to contain many compounds beneficial to health. In this
study the team analyzed 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid, to test its potential anti-dyslipidemia
The compound was found to enhance fatty acid oxidation and contributed to the
regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism. These findings suggest that
9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid has anti- dyslipidemia affects and can therefore help
prevent vascular diseases.
"Finding a compound which helps the prevention of obesity-related chronic
diseases in foodstuffs is a great advantage to tackling these diseases",
concluded Kawada. "It means that the tomato allows people to easily manage the
onset of dyslipidemia through their daily diet."
The study has been published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food
Courtesy: The Times of India