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Improve Overall
Health with
Tomatoes
This fruit is essential for many people who want to lose weight and improve their overall
health. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, one of the most potent antioxidants in nature.
This antioxidant is important in fighting the formation of many kinds of cancers.
Tomatoes have countless health benefits that
have made it a significant addition of diets
throughout the medical world. It is low in
calories, and are considered as an excellent
food for people who want to lose weight and
improve their overall health. Because of its
nutritional benefits, tomatoes are considered
by many as a medicinal food. Lycopene, one
of the most potent antioxidants in nature are
found it tomatoes. Antioxidants are important
in both humans and plants and may help
prevent cell damage that can be caused by
oxidative stress. Lycopene is vital antioxidant
that helps fight cancerous cell formation
and other kinds of health ailments. This
component is responsible for the tomatoes’
red color and also contains its disease-fighting
properties. Lycopene is essential in preventing
the development of many cancers and other
health ailments.
Examples of cancers that can be
prevented by tomatoes are:
• Breast cancer
• Cervical cancer
• Colon cancer
• Esophagus cancer
• Pharynx cancer
• Prostate cancer
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• Mouth cancer
• Rectum cancer
• Stomach cancer
In addition to lycopene, tomatoes are also
high in vitamins A and C, this fruit is also
cholesterol free. The vitamin content of this
fruit is adequate for keeping individuals
healthy, many health studies show that one
tomato is enough to supply the human body’s
daily vitamin C requirement. These high
levels of vitamin C help the body increase
its immune system naturally. This fruit also
contains folic acid, which is considered
by many health specialists as a necessary
component for the recovery of human body
cells. Other nutrients like sodium phosporus,
calcium, magnesium, oxalic acid, and sulfur
can be found in a single tomato. Tomatoes
are beneficial to the heart and its juice is used
by many to treat high blood pressure. Unlike
several vegetables and fruits, some of the
health benefits of tomatoes seem to be boosted
whenever they are cooked, especially when
it comes to prostate cancer prevention. This
kind of cancer is the most frequent cancer
experienced by many men.
Some medical studies suggest that regular
tomato consumption may promote proper
prostate function, In addition to cancer
prevention, tomato can also reduce excessive
prostate enlargement, which is very common
in men beyond 50 years of age.
Tomatoes are used as a skin care alternative
because of the antioxidants it contains.
It brightens dull skin and other skin
imperfections because of the vitamin C it
contains. The calorie content of tomatoes
makes it a favorite alternative for skin care. It
also contains vitamin A, C, E, K, B1, B6, B3,
B2, iron, manganese, and potassium. These
components are necessary for building healthy
skin. These natural acidic properties of tomato
rids the skin of excessive oil and also takes off
the natural dead cells, shrunk pores, and also
tones skin.
One of the primary reasons for adding fruits
and vegetables like tomatoes in one’s diet is
they contain many phytochemicals. Because of
these phytochemicals, vegetables may prevent
the body from getting various ailments that is
the reason why it is very important to consume
plenty of vegetables in one’s food regimen
because of the mineral content.