Tomatoes! They’re sweet, juicy, and delicious. Everyone knows they are good for you, right? Uh, yeah, sure.
Lycopene against cancer
Tomatoes, originating from Peru, have lycopene as their main phytochemical compound. Lycopene is an excellent antioxidant, it protects the health of the eyes, and it prevents the formation of cancerous cells. It is good to know, however, that lycopene absorbs better from boiled tomatoes than from raw ones. 500 ml of tomato juice a day provides the daily recommended amount of lycopene.
A vitamin bomb
A glass of tomato juice also provides 75% of the necessary daily vitamin C intake. Tomato juice also contains vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5 and B-6 as well as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
The saver of the lungs
The good news to smokers is that consuming tomato juice reduces the risk of emphysema.
The guardian angel of the heart
Tomatoes, also known as “the apple of love” contain vitamin B-6, which helps maintaining the health of the veins; thus this red vegetable guards the health of the heart and circulation as well. It may be important information to persons suffering from diabetes that tomatoes also reduce the risk of the formation of blood clots.