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Foods That Can Make You Live Longer: Tomatoes and Broccoli

Updated on June 5, 2012
Tomato salad
Tomato salad
Fresh tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes

Foods have natural healing power but you can only use food to heal yourself if you know its healing properties. Tomatoes, cranberries, fish oil, green tea, lemon, broccoli and red onion are enough source of nutrients that can sustain your health and make you live longer.

I will talk about tomatoes and broccoli in this hub.


Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in:

Potassium

Phosphorus

Magnesium

Calcium

Sodium

Iron

Copper

Zinc


Health Benefits:

  • Tomotoes have high levels of chromium that helps to keep blood sugar level under control. This makes it good for diabetics.
  • Tomatoes contain chlorogenic acid and coumaric acid which fights against carcinogenic compounds found in cigarette smoke.
  • Vitamin A improves vision and tomatoes are very rich in Vitamin A.
  • Tomatoes contain vitamin B and potassium which helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol level thereby reducing instances of stroke and heart diseases.
  • Tomatoes contain lycopene which is good for skin care. The lycopene also stops the growth of cancer cells.
  • Tomatoes have high levels of vitamin K and calcium which help to strengthen bones and bone tissue, and the teeth.
  • Tomatoes contain beta-carotene and in the presence of this vitamins A and C act as anti-oxidant which work by neutralising dangerous free radicals in the blood stream. This free radicals can cause cell damage.
  • Vitamin A present in tomatoes also keeps the hair strong and shiny.
  • Studies have shown that eating tomatoes lessen the risk of gallstones and kidney stones.


Fresh broccoli
Fresh broccoli
Broccoli with Garlic
Broccoli with Garlic

Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in:

Iron

Folic acid

Vitamin E, C and K

Magnesium

Potasium

Phosphorus

Calcium

Sodium

Beta-carotene

Dietary fibre


Health benefits

  • The sulforaphane in broccoli also induces the production of certain enzymes that deactivate free radicals and carcinogens. This reduces the risk of cancer especially colon cancer.
  • Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C and certain amino acids that removes toxin like uric acid from the body thereby purifying the blood.
  • Broccoli is rich in dietary fibre.
  • The magnesium and the vitamins cure acidity and fight digestion problems
  • Broccoli contains beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins which help reduce cholesterol level.
  • Eating broccoli decreases the instances of anemia because broccoli is a rich source of iron.
  • Chromium which helps insulin to function properly is abundantly found in broccoli. Chromium reduces the instances of high blood pressure.
  • Being rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, broccoli is needed for healthy bones especially in children, old people and pregnant women because these people are prone to weakening of bones and teeth and osteoporosis.
  • Broccoli contains Vitamin E that keeps the skin healthy.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Wonderful information! And looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      I have always thought that these were two of the super foods and now your article has confirmed my belief. Thank you.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Good to know. I wonder if you think if eating Organic Tomatoes and Brocolli really make any difference....

      Great Hub.

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      youmeget 6 years ago

      You are always welcome, Jakie.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You know I don't eat a lot of broccoli, very occasionally so I will start paying attention to add that more often. Magnesium is something I need more of and am allergic to it in any pill form. I might start adding some to my spinach dip or smoothies. Tomatoes I get plenty of. Great informative hub, thank you!

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      heavenbound5511 6 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Hello Youmeget,

      Another great page on what is in our food! My family & I like both tomatoes & broccoli! Thanks!

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      youmeget 6 years ago

      Thank you. I like sharing tips on nutrition and good health. You are always welcome to read and share my hubs.

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      This is great news for me seeing as how I add tomatoes and red onions and garlic to spaghetti sauce and I use broccoli and red onions in chinese food and in soups.

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      youmeget 6 years ago

      Hi furnitureman and Fossilady, good to know you are already eating plenty tomatoes and broccoli. It's good to eat well.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      two of my favorite veggies and a regular part of my diet...Good information Youme.. :o)

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      furnitureman 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I agree with you youmeget. I eat tomatoes in their raw state. Voting up.

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      youmeget 6 years ago

      Thank you Thys for reading and commenting.

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      Thys Du Plessis 6 years ago from Senekal, Free State, ZA

      Great stuff and very informative. You really love your veggies...Me too...Believe in my greens especially and tomatoes for prostate..Keep it up..