Tomatoes reduce the risk of stroke and prostate cancer
October 10, 2012
A diet rich in tomatoes and tomato-based products may reduce the risk of a cerebrovascular event (CVD) due to its high content of antioxidants.
Scientists at the University of Eastern Finland investigated the impact of lycopene, a chemical responsible bright red color to give tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as peppers and watermelons, and found that individuals who had higher levels of lycopene in the blood showed less risk of CVD.
It was found that: ‘lycopene may be protective against diseases, such as cardiovascular disease or cancer, particularly prostate cancer’.
Because lycopene have antioxidant properties, therefore, can reduce inflammation and prevent the formation of clots.
The current study, published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, followed ‘for 12 years to 1031 men between 46 and 65 years.