Sunday, January 24, 2016
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Tomato, which is an English word, comes from the Spanish word, "Tomate." It belongs to the nightshade family, 'Solanaceae.' It originated in South America Andes, and its use as food, in Mexico. It is in varying fruit types, sizes and colour. It is consumed as ingredient in some dishes, salads, sauces, and even drinks. Tomatoe Products are tomatoe sauce, paste, soup, juice, and ketchup.
Tomatoes is a good source of Vitamins C, A, and K, Potassium, Fibre, and Magnesium. They are also high in Beta-Carotene, Carotenoids, Lycopene, and are low in calories.
Lycopene is one of the most powerful natural antioxidant. Some Studies say lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes prevents prostate cancer. It has cancer-preventing properties. Lycopene improves the skin's ability to protect against harmful UV rays. It can protect against sunburn as well as keep the skin looking youthful. Lycopene stimulates blood circulation and lowers blood pressure.
Raw tomatoe juice contain potassium, is rich in vitamin c, and so will help a pregnant woman supply nutrition to her baby.
A mixture of tomatoe and spinach juice prevent and relieve constipation. The lycopene from tomatoes cannot prevent the risk of developing diabetes, but may relieve the oxidative stress of diabetes patients.
Lycopene is mainly distributed to fatty tissues and organs such as the adrenal glands, liver, prostate, and testes.
Although tomatoes is good, as the saying goes, 'too much of everything is bad.' A case of prolonged, excessive consumption of tomatoe juice by a woman in her middle-age, caused her skin and liver to become orange yellow, and she had high levels of lycopene in her blood. However, after having a 3 weeks lycopene-free diet, her color returned to normal. Also some people experience allergic reactions to lycopene which could result in nausea, stomach pain, gas, vomitting, loss of appetite, diarrhea.
However, all said, the advantages derived from the use of. tomatoes outweigh the disadvantages. All you need do is eat moderately.
Stay Healthy Always And Remain Blessed.