What Health Benefits are in Tomatoes
The value of tomatoes
Tomatoes can be used for anything from putting tomatoes on your salads or putting them in your spaghetti or lasagna. They make great snacks for vegetable plates too. Make them with your favorite hot dish and bring them to a pot luck party either at work or church. There are so many things you can do with these delicious, red vegetables, but did you know that eating tomatoes can help protect you from certain diseases. The red part of the tomato has trans lycopene in them while the orange tomatoes have tetra-cis-lycopene in them.
What is lycopene
The lycopene in the tomato is a carotenoid pigment that causes the tomato to become red in some tomatoes and orange in other tomatoes. In the orange tomatoes, there is tetra-cis-lycopene, which absorbs better than red tomatoes that have trans lycopene.
Lycopene protects bone health
In recent studies, they found that not eating foods rich in lycopene on postmenopausal women for 4 weeks found that without lycopene, the bones became more stressed. When the women got back on the foods rich in lycopene, they found that their bones were less stressed. Also, studies found that eating foods, like tomatoes will help prevent osteoporosis.
Tomatoes help to protect your heart
Lycopene in tomatoes has been known to help fight against heart disease. Eating tomatoes on a regular basis helps control cholesterol, both LDL and HDL levels and triglycerides. Also, it helps protect unwanted clumping (aggregation) of platelet cells in the blood – a factor that is particularly important in lowering the chances of heart disease like atherosclerosis. Another phytonutrient in tomatoes are glycoside called escalated A; and flavonoid called chalconaringenin; and yet another is a fatty-acid type molecule called 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid. Also, lycopene has been found to help lower lipids that are fats in the blood.
Nutritional information on tomatoes
vitamin C 33%
vitamin K 16%
vitamin A 8%
vitamin B6 8%
vitamin B3 7%
vitamin B1 6%
vitamin E 6%
pantothenic acid 3%
Helps protect against cancers
Tomatoes in a study have shown to help protect against certain cancers having antioxidants that help fight against inflammation and oxidative stress. Foods, like tomatoes, contain certain antioxidants and anti inflammatory agents that protects against cancer. One kind of phytonutrient in tomatoes is an alpha-tomatine that helps to prevent prostate cancer in men. Also, alpha-tomatine helps to fight non-small lung cancer as well. Other kinds of research found tomatoes help protect you from other kinds of cancer like pancreatic and breast cancers as well.
Helps to protect brain health
Studies have found that the antioxidants in tomatoes help fight against neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease when eaten on a regular basis.
Researchers found that when eating foods rich in lycopene and other phytonutrients, they will help you stay healthier for a longer time enjoying a better life, as well.