Be it in salads, pastas, or pizzas, tomatoes have become very popular worldwide, due to their versatility in cooking. This fruit is also great for our health, not only since it has fewer calories and helps us to lose weight, but also because it’s rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
One of its main antioxidants is lycopene, a pigment that gives it its red color and is considered essential for the health of certain organs such as our liver, lungs, skin, colon, prostate, adrenal glands, and even blood.
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Lycopene has also been the subject of several studies due to its ability to prevent some types of cancer, such as prostate cancer. It’s also important for our heart, preventing cardiovascular diseases and controlling blood pressure.
If you suffer from or know someone who has osteoporosis, then there’s your reason to start consuming more tomatoes.
According to research from the University of Toronto in Canada, two cups of tomato juice a day strengthen our bones and can prevent osteoporosis.
In a study performed with women between the ages of 50 and 60, the researchers asked them to cut all tomato derivatives from their diet for a month. This caused their bodies to increase the amount of a chemical in their blood stream that our body normally only releases when our bones are damaged.
After this, participants received a daily dose of tomato juice containing 15mg of lycopene, a version enriched with 35mg of lycopene, lycopene capsules or placebo capsules. The results were incredible. The amount of the bone healing chemical decreased greatly in the women who consumed lycopene, in juice or supplement form.
A good way to ingest tomatoes is through its juice, so we’re going to teach you a delicious recipe for tomato juice:
½ of a tomato;
2 glasses of water;
½ of a lemon;
and mint leaves.
Cut the tomatoes and remove the seeds, then blend all the ingredients together. If you want to, you can add a pinch of salt.
If you don’t like the taste, you can add tomato juice to other fruit and vegetable juices or smoothies until you find what works for you.
The benefits are certainly worth it!