Now your penchant for eating spaghetti with tomato sauce or any tomato casserole dish have not only a double but also healthy purpose!
Studies indicate that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can protect and repair our body organs from damage and also commonly found in tomatoes, can help lower the risk for prostate cancer in men. According to a number of clinical studies, men who include lots of tomatoes in their daily diet may reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer by as much as 35%, and a whopping 53% less chance of developing aggressive prostate cancer.
A much recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago also discovered that tomatoes are highly beneficial to African-American men who are historically at the highest risk of developing prostate cancer.
In fact, the American Dietetic Association released a statement before that tomatoes and lycopene may be one of the body’s best defense against the more aggressive types of cancer!
The Best Reasons for Eating Tomatoes
Why tomatoes? Tomatoes are famously known for possessing lycopene which are powerful antioxidants. Meaning they help protect our cells from damage caused by extra oxygen produced in the cells by “free radicals”. These free radicals existing in our body help fight and destroy harmful substances. However, sometimes they tend to destroy some of our healthy cells as well. So what antioxidants do is to monitor and prevent free radicals from destroying our healthy cells.
Antioxidants also help keep our immune system at tip-top shape – a quality that explains how it prevents the development of prostate cancer.
Lycopene also was found to be able to provide heart and eye health. As well as immunity against diseases, and instrumental in controlling cholesterol. Experts are also baffled why tomatoes are more effective while eaten cooked. They theorized that the lycopene in tomatoes is probably better absorbed while in a cooked state.
Tomatoes as Anti-Cancer Foods
Tomatoes are not the only food that have lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid which is an element that gives a lot of fruits their pinkish or red color. Papaya, watermelon, guava, strawberries, apricots, and pink grapefruits have lycopene too. So, it only means these fruits can be eaten as a defense against prostate cancer.
Source: American Botanical Council
Other Interesting things about Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer
* Another study indicated the correlation between tomatoes and broccoli in fighting or reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer. The study found out that tumors grew much more slowly in rats as test subjects if they were given both tomatoes and broccoli. In comparison to just being given tomatoes or broccoli powder alone.
* A University of Montreal study also revealed that a diet rich in tomatoes or lycopene may be successful in reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer among men by 31%.
* Tomatoes are also rich in other minerals and nutrients. One of these is potassium which helps in preventing and managing strokes, high blood pressure, kidney disorders and anxiety attacks. One cup of tomato juice already contains 534 milligrams of potassium.
* Tomatoes are great sources of the three top antioxidants from foods: beta-carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. We need these top 3 antioxidants to protect us against free radicals and as a defense against major diseases.
All these findings about tomatoes and lycopene as a natural defense against prostate cancer have already been incorporated in our treatments here at the Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch Natural Medical Center. We hope you can visit us one day to view our herb gardens and how we incorporate herbs and other indigenous Philippine-grown plants in our patients’ daily diet.
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