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Tomato Nutrition: Healing Properties of Tomatoe Juice

Updated on July 31, 2012


In recent years the tomato has been studied and found to be valuable source of nutrition. Tomato healing properties have been under investigation and it has been found that the active ingredient lycopene is responsible for many of the fruits health benefits. It is a carotenoid that gives tomato its deep red color. Tomatoes are the most common and richest source lycopene available. It is considered to be one of the most powerful disease fighting substance known to science. Studies reveal that it has antioxidant and cancer prevention properties and may be the more powerful than other carotenoids.

As an antioxidant, it has the ability to protect cells, preserve memory, keep skin youthful, protect eyesight, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and prevent heart disease. Numerous human studies have revealed that lycopene protects against a growing number of cancers which include breast, prostate, mouth, throat, colon, lung, pancreatic, intestinal, endometrial and colorectal cancers. It is believed that it has the ability to activate powerful detoxification enzymes in the body.

While lycopene gets the attention for the health benefits of eating the fruit tomato, research has found that it works synergistically with other nutrients within the tomato in order to yield impressive health benefits. Lycopene is best absorbed into the body when consumed with healthy fat foods such as nuts, avocado and olive oil because it is fat soluble which means it absorbs into the body effectively when accompanied by fat. Tomatoes contains several other nutrients which include magnesium, manganese, folic acid, copper, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B1, E, A, C, chromium, potassium and fiber.

Recent research reveals that lycopene has the ability to increase the concentration and ability of sperm to reach the egg, in infertile men. The study involved thirty men. The result was six pregnancies after the trial had concluded. Another study conducted with elderly people with low immune function, found an increase in cells that destroy invaders attacking the body by twenty eight percent. Researchers in Italy found that one glass of tomato juice daily can significantly lower inflammation in under one month.

Most nutrients are reduced or destroyed in the process during processing, cooking and heating. This is not the case with lycopene. For example, the lycopene in tomato paste absorbs better than from fresh tomatoes. Other tomato products that show increased bioavailability over fresh tomatoes include soups, sauces and ketchup. Although consuming large amounts of ketchup isn’t recommended because of its high sugar content. Organic ketchup offers three times more lycopene than non-organic brands. Always choose the deepest red tomato products in order to receive the maximum amount of lycopene.

If you do not eat tomatoes on a daily basis you may want to consider a lycopene supplement. In order to receive the same benefits received from lycopene in tomatoes it is necessary to obtain a lycopene supplement combination containing the synergistic nutrients that work together with lycopene. There are no known side effects or drug interactions from taking lycopene supplements.

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    • hsofyan profile image

      hsofyan 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Useful Hub. I also write about the benefits of tomatoes, but this is not complete. But more important is, I drink tomato juice every day.Thanks for sharing..

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I love tomatoes but I don't eat them much these days because I haven't had a tomato that tastes like a tomato in years. The tomatoes I get at the stores taste more like wax, and I don't know any farms within driving distance that produce good tomatoes. But the tomato juice they sell is pretty good. It's nice to know about the benefits of lycopene.

    • splum profile image

      splum 

      9 years ago from USA

      I like to eat tomatoes, especially raw. Very delicious!

    • gpetrou85 profile image

      gpetrou85 

      9 years ago from greece

      very nice,good hub.

    • Julie McM profile image

      Julie McM 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      Great information on the healing power of tomatoes. Another reason to eat fresh salsa!

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      mahrina 

      9 years ago

      Hi steve. I have been reading your hub but always forget to give comment.you are really providing us useful information really very useful and now I will buy dark red tommato ketchup.

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      frogyfish 

      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      Good hub stevemark. Glad you noted that lycopene is better absorbed when tomatoes are cooked, cause I like them in my stew! And a raw, low calorie treat also! Yum!

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      ocbill 

      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      it's easy to fit tomatoes into your daily diet. great info

    • Jen's Solitude profile image

      Jen's Solitude 

      9 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks for the reminder about how beneficial tomatoes are.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      And to think I was eating it for the wonderful taste only! Thanks for the info. I remember sitting in the garden after sneaking a shaker of salt in my pocket eating them. I thought my mother didn't know what I was doing.

    • The Good Cook profile image

      The Good Cook 

      9 years ago

      Just about every meal I eat contains tomatoes in one form or another. I love them for their flavor - especially the home grown varieties, so it's good to know they are good for me too. Thanks.

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      9 years ago

      Good information on the healing power of tomotoes. I love tomatoes and this is more incentive to include tomatoes in my diet.

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