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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, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 05 May 2009 by

Tomato Sauce May Be Better Source of Lycopene Than Raw Tomatoes

tomato-sauce1By Michelle Fabio

Plant & Food Research, along with Lincoln University, is claiming that tomato sauce may actually be better than raw tomatoes if you want to add more lycopene to your diet.

The research suggests that lycopene is reduced only in small amounts when tomatoes are eaten raw, but processed tomatoes may actually make the lycopene easier to absorb and digest.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found naturally in tomatoes and other red-colored fruits and vegetables that reduces the amount of damage done to body cells by oxygen; it is believed to help prevent cancers, heart disease, and other illnesses.

Read the whole story: Forget tomatoes, try tomato sauce.

Posted on 19 November 2008 by

Lycopene in Tomatoes Fights Endometriosis

By Vanessa Richins

I am beginning to wonder if there is anything lycopene CAN’T do.

A new study suggests that it can help reduce the damage done by endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a condition in females where uterine cells wander to other locations in the pelvis and attach there.

The result are adhesions (scars), inflammation and pain. It can negatively affect fertility as well.

Now, a study presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference in San Francisco showed that Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 22 October 2008 by

Vaccine for Alzheimer\’s Disease in Tomatoes?

By Michelle Fabio

We know that tomatoes are good for us.

From their lycopene alone, we may be getting protection from any number of cancers and heart disease, but did you know that tomatoes may also hold the key to fighting Alzheimer’s Disease?

It is believed that Alzheimer’s, the most common cause of dementia, is caused by the accumulation of the protein beta-amyloid, which in turn kills neurons in the brain, affecting memory.

If scientists can manage to prevent this accumulation through immune system stimulation, Alzheimer’s Disease may be slowed down or even prevented.

And so, in Korea, researchers used tomatoes, which carry a small percentage of Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 04 June 2008 by

Another Victory for Tomatoes and Lycopene?

By Vanessa Richins

New research from the universities of Manchester and Newcastle suggests there may be a new title to be awarded to tomatoes: Wrinkle and Skin Cancer Fighter.

In their study, subjects were given 5 tablespoons of tomato paste daily, along with 10 grams of olive oil. The control group was only given the olive oil. At the finish of the three month study, researchers took skin samples from the volunteers.

The results showed that the tomato eating group had developed 33% more protection from UV rays than the control group. They also had more procollagen, which creates skin structure and Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 26 April 2008 by

Super Tomatoes: The More Lycopene the Better?

Tomato HeartBy Michelle Fabio

Super tomatoes have arrived.

British supermarket chain Tesco claims that its “Healthy Living Tomato on the Vine” has up to twice the level of lycopene as an ordinary vine-ripened tomato.

Lycopene, which is what makes tomatoes red, is nature’s most powerful antioxidant; studies have shown that increased lycopene consumption can lead to decreased risks of heart disease as well as certain types of cancers, including breast, prostate, and colorectal.

Lycopene may also lower the amount Read the rest of this entry »


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