Posted on 19 June 2009 by

Tomatoes: Good For Your Heart!

tomato-heart1By Vanessa Richins

One complaint from people about why they don’t eat healthier is that it’s cheaper to eat convenience and fast foods.

Depending on your area, this may be true on the surface.

However, over a lifetime, choosing fresh foods and their derivatives will likely be much cheaper.

One example comes from the recent debut of a new dietary supplement. These pills contain a concentrated dose of the superstar lycopene. As we’ve chronicled here before, lycopene has many health benefits, including fighting cancer, wrinkles, endometriosis, usage as a sunscreen, potentially lowering cholesterol, and so much more.

As an article from UK’s Daily Mail Online explains , “The pills, named Ateronon, contain lycopene, which has been found to reduce the damage inflicted by ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol by 90 per cent in just two months.

Peter Kirkpatrick, neurovascular surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, who researched the supplement, says this effect is enough to protect the arteries, heart and brain from the risks of heart disease and stroke.”

As I’ve wondered in the previous articles – is there really anything that tomatoes can’t do?

Lycopene is usually stronger and more effective in cooked tomato products. With this new concentrated pill, people with high cholesterol can take extra steps to help lower the damage and risk of heart disease.

Although it can be hereditary, high cholesterol is often caused by a poor diet including convenience and fast foods. These foods may be cheaper to start, but ailments like heart disease are not inexpensive to treat and will likely shorten your life. It would be far better to spend a little extra to eat tomatoes and use these new tomato pills as needed to control your cholesterol levels before it’s too late.

One Response to “Tomatoes: Good For Your Heart!”

  1. Michael Rubin Says:

    Great news! I love eating tomatoes and I’ll go on eating them for years.

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