Healthy Eating: Top 5 Health Benefits of Eating Tomatoes
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Health Benefits of Eating Tomatoes: They’re sweet and juicy, and they’re packed with tons of vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C and potassium.
Reduce Cholesterol Levels
High cholesterol is the main risk factor for heart disease, and eating tomatoes may be able to remedy it. This meta analysis found that a daily dose of the antioxidant lycopene can effectively reduce cholesterol. Because tomatoes are rich in lycopene, it makes sense that this study found eating more tomatoes and tomato products is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
Preventing Blood Clots
Scientists have found that tomatoes have the same effect that aspirin has: inhibiting platelet activation. Essentially, tomatoes prevent our platelets from clotting and forming blockages in our blood vessels, which can lead to a heart attack. Amazingly, tomatoes manage to prevent these bad types of blood clots while allowing the good kind—the kind that stops you from bleeding when you get a cut.
In order to get this benefit from tomatoes, you can eat them cooked or raw, but do not throw away the seeds. The anti-platelet activation components of tomatoes are concentrated in the yellow fluid around the seeds.
Protects Skin from Sun Damage
Two different studies (No. 1 and No. 2) have found that eating tomato paste protects your skin from sun damage. It appears as though the antioxidant lycopene, which is abundant in tomatoes, can act as a natural sunscreen from the inside-out.
This doesn’t mean that eating tomatoes is a substitute for using sunblock. But eating lots of tomatoes could give you supplemental protection. Read the full story…. bestofnj.com
Tomatoes offer anti-inflammatory protection from the antioxidants Vitamin A & C. Tomatoes are also a very good source of Vitamin K and Magnesium, and other nutrients. In the video, Nutritionist Karen Roth shares these and other health benefits from eating tomatoes.
Karen Roth Nutrition Health Channel is dedicated to helping educate the public on ways to achieve optimum health and disease prevention. Visit her online at: http://karenrothnutrition.com
Whether vegetable or fruit, tomatoes are healthy – TheSpec.com Lycopene is the pigment that give tomatoes their rich red colour. And researchers have found many benefits from eating this compound. At the cellular level, lycopene appears to protect our body cells from the stresses of everyday living. Researchers …
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