Health benefit of tomatoes

BY: The Mirror
Health benefit of tomatoes

Apart from being versatile and delicious, tomato is a powerhouse of nutrition so numerous are their health benefits that they were once commonly used for medicinal purposes to treat a great number of ailments.

They contain a number of beneficial nutrients like lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, and tomato juice is a refreshing way to take these nutrients in.

Here are some of the benefits in adding tomato to your diet.

Beautiful skin

Studies have shown that drinking tomato juice daily may lead to a reduction in acne and the prevention of skin cell damage.

Eye health

Because tomatoes are loaded with the phytonutrients beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, they can help keep your eyes healthy and protect them from degeneration.

Prevents stroke

Recent research has found that diets rich in tomatoes can help prevent stroke, and that is as a result of the lycopene it contains.

Workout recovery

Tomatoes provide the perfect balance of chemicals to help your body recover from strenuous exercise. Drinking tomato juice was shown to actually lead to speedier muscle recovery than drinking fizzy energy drinks.

Supports cancer prevention

Lycopene and other carotenoids in tomato juice have been found to lower the risk of a range of different cancers, including lung cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Studies have shown that men consuming high amounts of lycopene have a 30 percent reduction in their risk of pancreatic cancer.

Lowers cholesterol

The fibre found in tomato juice helps break down Low-density lipoprotein (also known as bad cholesterol) and niacin which has been found to have a beneficial impact on high cholesterol levels.

Protects against heart disease

Research has linked high intake of lycopene to a 30 percent reduction in incidences of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.