TOMATOES: A NATURAL SOURCE OF LYCOPENE
Health benefits of tomatoes
MEDICINAL AND EDIBLE PROPERTIES OF TOMATOES
Picture of tomatoes with different vegetables.
Tomato is one of the main foods rich in antioxidants in the diet
They present in their composition a series of elements very appropriate to detoxify the organism and to protect cardiovascular health.
Lycopene: the antioxidant of tomatoes
Lycopene seems to reduce the probabilities of many cancers, such as those affecting the prostate , the lungs, the stomach, the bladder, and the uterus.
Lycopene appears in fresh tomatoes, but especially in cooked ones, since cooking helps liberate this element and facilitate its absorption by the organism.
Glutathione, another powerful antioxidant
Glutathione has proved antioxidant properties that helps eliminate free radicals, responsible for the appearance of many illnesses.
Glutathione is a very appropriate element in the elimination of the body toxins , especially of heavy metals that produce deterioration of the organism by accumulation. Tomato has been proved to help to eliminate lead efficiently. Other rich foods in this component are: garlic, potato, spinach, corn or portulaca.
Tomato prevents prostate cancer
Scientific studies have shown that tomato and tomate sauce protects against prostate cancer. These foods should be taken regularly in the diet to get the benefits of lycopene for prostate cancer prevention.
These effects are due to the antioxidant potential of tomato. Lycopene and glutathione could join to the prostate tissue and they can probably reduce DNA damage in prostate tissue.
Tomatoes to treat hypertension and fluid retention
Tomatoes are very rich in;potassium. This mineral intervenes in the;regulation of the corporal liquids as well as in the good state of the nerves, the heart and the muscles. Together with ;calcium, potassium is very abundant in tomato.
Because of its water content and its richness in minerals, tomato juice is suitable for the treatment of lost fluids and minerals caused by excessive heat. (Squeeze several tomatoes and drink the juice. Add a little salt)
Detoxifying vitamins in tomatoes
Vitamin A was the first vitamin to be discovered in 1913. It helps the body to attain cellular growth, to maintain the bones and the teeth in healthy, it helps the immunologic system to combat infections, and protects against sight.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant because it promotes the elimination of free radicals generated by the body itself, as well as those coming from abroad. It has been proven the ability of this element to remove pollutants that enter the body.
The ingestion or inhalation of products can cause serious health problems, especially to the liver, kidneys and nerves.
Aphrodisiac properties and other benefits of tomatoes
It can aid cuts, scratches, scars or wounds of any type and to heal or lower inflammation. (Crush a tomato leaf and apply it as a poultice on the wound. The fruit also has similar properties, so you can apply tomato pulp on the wounds to remedy them.)
To prevent feet odor , you can apply a 20 minutes feet bath in a couple of liters of warm water in which a litter of tomato juice has been added.
Summary of tomatoes main properties.
Toxicity and contraindications of tomato
So you can not eat the stems, leaves or stems of the fruits not to become intoxicated. The effects are similar to those that occur when eating the potato plant (For more information on the toxicity of potatoes)
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TOMATOES NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Calories in tomatoes
- Tomato is rich in vitamins and minerals that our body needs, such as vitamin C, lycopene and other antioxidants.
- The fruit is very present in the current Mediterranean diet (it was imported from the "New World").
- It has a balanced sweet and sour taste, combined with a high content of glutamic acid, that enhances the flavor of the dishes. For these reasons, tomato and tomato sauce play a key role in stir-fries, sauces and culinary preparations in the Mediterranean cuisine.
- In the diet of children, is an excellent vegetable to accompany your meal, because it gives them the vitamins they need to grow and has a color and a flavor that children love.
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