Yes fruits! Tomatoes are actually classified as a fruit not a vegetable, but that doesn't make them any less delicious and with summer in full swing it's definitely Tomato time. Tomatoes, once thought to be poisonous, are now being praised for their lycopene antioxidant content. Lycopene is so amazing that it has even been made into a ‘tomato’ pill used to help prevent heart disease and fight cancer.
Health benefits of tomatoes
- Supports heart health
- Cancer preventative
- Boosts overall health
What is lycopene and why is it so good for you?Lycopene is the antioxidant that is responsible for the red colour in vegetables and fruit. Research from a recent study showed that those who consumed a 7-milligram lycopene pill had improved blood flow through arteries. Why is this important? When blood vessels narrow it decreases blood flow and puts stress on the blood vessels and the heart. This can cause strokes and heart attacks. The good news is that you don’t need a pill to take advantage of lycopene’s benefits you can simply eat tomatoes.
- Heart disease. Lycopene is an even more powerful carotenoid antioxidant than beta-carotene, vitamins A and E for preventing strokes. A study analysed 1,000 men between the ages of 40-50 for more than 12 years; it showed that the men who had high levels of lycopene in their blood were 55% less risk of having a stroke. Another study in 2014 found that lycopene lowered the risk of stroke by 19%. Both tomatoes and tomato products were used.
- Cancer.According to studies, this antioxidant has a protective effect that lowers your risk of developing cancer, especially prostate, ovarian, brain and breast cancer. When lycopene was tested on liver cancer cells it lowered the reproduction of new cells by 20%