Tomatoes are very popular and versatile food choice worldwide: salads, pasta, or pizzas. However, besides its many uses in the kitchen, this fruit is also great for our health, mainy because of its low calories value which subsequently helps us to lose weight as well as it’s richness in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
One of its main antioxidants in tomatoes is lycopene, a pigment that gives it its distinct red color and is considered vital for the health of specific organs such as our liver, lungs, skin, colon, prostate, adrenal glands, and even blood.
Lycopene has also been the topic of several studies due to its ability to block some types of cancer, such as prostate cancer. Lycopene is also essential for our heart, preventing cardiovascular diseases and regulating blood pressure.
If you suffer from or know someone who has osteoporosis, then tomatoes should be the first choice of food.
According to study from the University of Toronto in Canada, two cups of tomato juice a day strengthen the bones and can prevent osteoporosis.
In research performed among women between the ages of 50 and 60, the researchers suggested them to cut all tomato derivatives from their diet for a month. After a while, their bodies increased the amount of a chemical in their bloodstream that our body usually only releases when our bones are damaged.
Later, participants took a daily dose of tomato juice containing 15mg of lycopene, a version enriched with 35mg of lycopene, lycopene capsules or placebo capsules. The results were astonishing. The amount of the bone healing chemical decreased significantly in the women who consumed lycopene, in juice or supplement form.
An excellent way to ingest tomatoes is by making a juice.
What you need to prepare it!
Half a tomato;
Two glasses of water;
½ of a lemon;
Bunch mint leaves.
Slice the tomatoes and remove the seeds, then blend all the ingredients. For taste, you can add a pinch of salt.
If you dislike the taste of tomato, you can combine the juice with other fruit and vegetable or smoothies until you find what works for you.
The advantages are indeed worth it!