Do You Like Tomatoes? Excellent, Because It Is Called "Superfood"

Specialists call it "functional food " meaning that it does much more than providing basic nutrients. They say that tomato is a super food capable of preventing chronic diseases and providing many other health benefits as a result of valuable phytochemicals such as lycopene.

Tomato is such a common plant ... It is grown worldwide in about 7500 varieties, you can find it in any store, buy it at a modest price ... You can cultivate it in your garden or, why not, on your terrace. But if you think that there is nothing left to learn about the modest tomato, well, than you better think again.

Tomato originates in South America in Peru and the Galapagos Islands but was first domesticated in Mexico from where the seeds were taken to Europe after Cortez conquered Mexico City in 1519. It is believed that it was introduced in Europe in the mid 16-th century and that was grown for the beauty of their fruits and not as an edible plant, since the fruit was thought to be poisonous (as it’s relative the deadly nightshade is). Although it’s origins are in the New World the tomato was introduced back into America from Europe in the 18th century! In North America it was brought to the table by Thomas Jefferson and later was introduced into the diet among the poor whose diets were deficient in vitamins by George Washington Carver.

Tomato is classified in the Solanum genus of the nightshade family – Solanaceae, as well as the potatoe. It was first identified as Solanum lycopersicon - lycopersicon means “wolf peach” in greek and then Lycopersicon esculentum - which means simply “eadible” in greek.

Specialists call it "functional food " meaning that it does much more than providing basic nutrients. They say that tomato is a super food capable of preventing chronic diseases and providing many other health benefits as a result of valuable phytochemicals such as lycopene.

Lycopene is a natural antioxidant that works effectively to slow the growth of cancerous cells according to recent studies. It is good to know that cooked tomatoes produce even more lycopene … it seems that nothing can beat the taste and quality of the tomatoes juice prepared by our grand grand mothers more than 50 years ago. Alpha-lipoic acid helps the body convert glucose into energy. Some evidence suggests that it can regulate glucose in the blood, improves vasodilation and provides protection against retinopathy in diabetic patients.

Today the tomato is eaten in a variety of ways, either raw or cooked and very commonly as an ingredient in numerous dishes, sauces, drinks, and salads. Here are some benefits of including tomatoes in your diet

Helps prevent cancer

Tomato is a rich source of powerful antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamins A and C thus very effective in combating the effects of free radicals. Many studies have shown that tomatoes prevent cancers such as prostate, colorectal, lung, stomach, ovarian, cervical, esophagus ... just to name a few.

Helps maintain a healthy skin

Betacarotene (also found in carrots) helps protect the skin against the harmful effects of the sun. Lycopene is used industrially to produce many pricey, branded facial cleansers due to its propriety to make skin less sensitive to UV rays, which is one of the key causes of wrinkles.

Moreover, the collagen that plays the role of skin support system is highly influenced by the vitamin C, another antioxidant that prevents the sun as well as pollution damage, improving the skin texture and slowing down the wrinkles’ formation process.

Helps maintain strong bones

Calcium and vitamin C are both very good for strengthening and repairing the bones while lycopene improves bone mass thus, eating tomatoes is a great way to fight osteoporosis. The lack of lycopene in the diet of a menopausal woman is closely related to the occurrence of osteoporosis.

It seems that consuming daily tomato juice may help get rid of leg pains.

Regulates blood pressure

A low sodium intake is essential for lowering the blood pressure, but it is equally important to increase potassium intake in order to sustain the vasodilatation.

Helps keep the heart healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease

The potato content in fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline can contribute decisively at maintaining the heart healthy as well as at lowering the cholesterol level.

Therefore, including enough tomatoes in the diet is very helpful for those who want to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Regulates sugar in the blood

Tomatoes are also a rich source of chromium which is essential in the blood sugar control process. The high content in fibers also contribute to lower the sugar level in blood.

Helps improve eyesight

Vitamin A, abundant in tomato have the quality of improving the eyesight and helping prevent night blindness. A recent study shows that a balanced consumption of tomatoes could help reduce the risk of macular degeneration which is a serious and irreversible eye disease.

Helps releave depression

The important content in folic acid helps to prevent the formation of excess homocysteine that plays an important role in depression. Excess homocysteine interferes with the production of serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline that regulates not only mood, but also sleep and appetite.

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