Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Men who ate over 10 portions of tomatoes per week experienced an 18% reduced risk for prostate cancer, according to the new study.

What's Prostate Cancer?

Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is mostly a very slow progressing disease. In fact, many men die of old age, without ever knowing they had prostate cancer - it is only when an autopsy is done that doctors know it was there. The prostate cancer starts in the gland cells - this is called adenocarcinoma 

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for health. However, not many of us may really know the health benefits of many fruits and vegetables that we consumed daily or not many of us really keen on certain fruits and vegetables.   

The new study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, suggested that Tomatoes are one such food rich in lycopene, which is a carotenoid that gives fruits and vegetables a red color. 

This lycopene naturally occurring chemical has previously been linked to improved blood vessel function in cardiovascular disease patients, as well as an effective treatment for high cholesterolAccording to Vanessa Er from the University of Bristol in the UK - lycopene also fights off toxins that can damage DNA and cells.

Whilst the researchers stressed upon the benefits of Tomatoes, they also suggested that men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active."

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