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The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Updated on November 3, 2014

Eat Your Tomatoes!

Looking to eat healthy? Start eating your fruits and vegetables. One fruit to start with is the tomato because it has numerous amounts of health benefits! Below are what your body will gain from eating tomatoes on a regular basis!

Tomatoes are chock full of nutrients! Just 1 serving of red tomatoes is a good source of vitamins A, C, K, folate, and potassium. Tomatoes also contain thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper, all of which the body needs to maintain good health and to protect from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, and heart disease. 1 serving of tomatoes also contains 2 grams of fibers. Tomatoes are relatively high in water content, which makes them a filling food.

Tomatoes are good for promoting healthy skin, and preventing any skin damage or aging. Tomato contains beta-carotene, which helps protect the skin against sun damage. Tomatoes’ lycopene also makes also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage, which prevents lines and wrinkles from appearing on your skin.

Build Strong Bones!

Tomatoes are great in helping to build strong bones. The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes are good for strengthening and repairing bones. The lycopene in tomatoes has been known to improve bone mass, which helps to fight osteoporosis.

Tomatoes help to prevent and fight cancer. The Lycopene (yes the lycopene in tomatoes does a lot of great things for the body!) in tomatoes reduces the risk of prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate, and ovarian cancers. The vitamins A and C in tomatoes also help to fight free radicals which can cause cell damage.

Improve Vision

Tomatoes can be used to balance the blood sugar levels in the body. Tomatoes are a great source of chromium, which helps to regulate blood sugar.

Tomatoes also help to improve vision and fight degenerative eye-sight conditions. The vitamin A in tomatoes can improve vision and prevent night blindness. Research has shown tomatoes can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration (a serious and irreversible eye condition).

Tomatoes help to make your hair look great and healthy! Don’t worry about what kind of shampoo to buy at the store to give you beautiful hair. The vitamin A is tomatoes works to make hair strong and shiny.

Overall Health

Tomatoes help to prevent kidney stones as well as gallstones. Studies have shown those who eat tomatoes without the seeds are less likely to develop kidney and gallstones.

Tomatoes help to reduces chronic pain. Tomatoes are high in bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are known anti-inflammatory agents that will help to reduce chronic pain such as arthritis and back pain. Just throw in some yoga sessions with your daily dose of tomatoes and you’ll forget what back pain is!

As you can see, tomatoes are great for your overall health, and are easy to eat because you can literally put them in anything. You can include them in salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and so much more!

To grown your own tomatoes visit http://www.davids-garden-seeds-and-products.com/organicheirloomtomatoseeds.html

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