“Tomatoes are best in their natural form as that’s when they maintain their nutritional value. “ Tomatoes are a part of a healthy grocery list for numerous reasons. They are best known for their extremely high content of antioxidant benefits, which is nothing but lycopene. Recently, researchers have found several links between lycopene, A carotenoid antioxidant and cancer preventing properties as well as bone health. Of all cancers, prostate cancer has been most researched in regards to tomato intake and health. A key nutrient in this red vegetable alpha-tomatine has been found to change metabolic activity in growing prostate cancer cells. Tomatoes and non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and breast cancer has also pointed to improved health.
Tomatoes have also been linked to heart health, most notably is that consumption of tomatoes has been related to decreased LDL cholesterol as well as decreased total cholesterol. Moreover, the antioxidant protection provided by tomatoes is essential for the cardiovascular system. Additionally, tomatoes are great sources of vitamins E and C, beta-carotene and fiber, and when it comes to phytonutrients, tomatoes may be one of the richest food sources. They contain everything from flavonols and flavonones to carotenoids and fatty acid derivatives, to name a few.
Whether you are eating a cherry tomato bruschetta or a homemade marinara sauce, you are doing your body a favor. Tomatoes are a delicious and versatile super food loaded with antioxidants and numerous vitamins. It doesn’t matter if you call tomatoes a fruit or vegetable (although they’re definitely fruit). At least 1 of the 3,000 species of this super food should find its way into your diet. Here are the top health benefits of tomatoes.
Lowers cancer risk
Tomatoes contain antioxidants that target free radicals and oxidative stress contributing to cancerous tumor growth. Lycopene is a notable, well researched antioxidant present in tomatoes that is linked to preventing colon, prostate, and even lung cancer.
Decreases stroke risk
Blood clotting should occur when needed, but excessive blood clotting leads to a snowball-effect resulting in arterial damage and stroke. 75% of people older 65 years old experience a stroke in their time. Luckily, lycopene has anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties to prevent and digest plaque build up.
Reduces blood pressure
High blood pressure suggests long-term impairment in heart health. Especially if you have diabetes, hypertension, and/or a history of cardiovascular disease. A study found that tomato consumption helps lower blood pressure to a healthy range in type II diabetic people.
Maintains glucose levels
Prolonged blood sugar levels hurt major organs such as the brain and kidneys. If you’re battling diabetes, eating more tomatoes is a great way to incorporate more low glycemic foods to your diet to stabilize high blood glucose.
Strengthens your mental health
Daily ingestion of tomatoes is associated with treating depression and Alzheimer disease. In a prospective study, researchers listed tomatoes as a beneficial fruit to enhance the nutritional diversity of your diet. Tomatoes generally add vitamins B and E, which can limit neural degeneration.
Good for eye health
Beta-carotene and lycopene are readily available in tomatoes and serve a dual function as an antioxidant and vitamin A precursor. These carotenoids aid in the filtration of harmful light entering the eyes.
Provides healthier skin
Biotin and vitamin C upregulate protein production including collagen for skin repair, scar regression, and anti-aging properties. You can enjoy this skin benefit by utilizing the fresh tomatoes in your beauty regime or as part of your diet.
Supports bone health
Tomatoes have two essential minerals for humans. Magnesium functions as a cofactor for calcitonin, which is a hormone that redirects calcium from blood into bones. Potassium is another important mineral that prevents metabolic acidosis of bones, which prevents calcium loss as you age.
Reduces risk of birth defects
During pregnancy, It is recommended to increase one’s intake of vitamins. This prevents the risk of both birth complications and defects. Few Scientists developed a way to engineer folate-dense tomatoes, which in turn can protect the mother and fetus from developmental problems. Folic acid is a B vitamin that is used to supplement pregnancy for protection against neural tube defects.
There are countless ways in which you can enjoy tomatoes! Stock up on the tomatoes today! That’s all we have got to say!
Dt. Mukta Agrawal is a qualified dietitian and has done her post-graduation in clinical nutrition and dietetics, she has done her specialization in diabetes and cardiac care and also she is a certified bariatric nutritionist. She is a lifestyle coach and diabetic educator. She has 12 plus years of experience in the field of health and fitness industry. Mukta is passionate about educating people regarding the truths and myths of health through the INLIFE Blog. Her belief in the fact that good health is for everyone is one of the highlights of her writing.