Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)
| Many Benefits of Tomato.
Tomato helps eye irritation
To relieve bloodshot eyes, Chinese doctors suggest eating 1 or 2 fresh tomatoes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Scientists believe that the Vitamin C and flavonoids in the tomatoes strengthen the blood vessels.
Tomato is excellent for cleaning and rejuvenating the skin.
Tomato is excellent for a face peel that loosens the top layer of dead skin cells, removing all dead, dry skin and leaving your face soft, glossy, and smooth. The mild natural acidity of the tomato restores the ph balance of your skin. . It is good for all types of skins.
Tomatoes contain vitamin C, which is a natural antioxidant, which has healing powers, and an acid that removes dead skin and unplugs pores, making skin soft and radiant.
Tomato heals Sunburn
Proponents say that tomatoes are useful for healing sunburn. Tomato can be used to transform a painful sunburn into a modest tan.
Tomato heals wounds and sores.
Cooking releases the fat-soluble lycopenes from the fruits' cells. In fact, cooking tomatoes rather than eating them raw has been shown to more than double the effectiveness of the lycopene tomatoes contain. A small amount of added oil, such as that in pizza or tomato sauce, intensifies the protective effect.
Numerous other potentially beneficial compounds are present in tomatoes, and, conceivably, complex interactions among multiple components may contribute to the anticancer properties of tomatoes.
Tomato help to dissolve animal fat in foods such as in butter, cheese, eggs, pork, beef, and many deep-fried foods, thereby preventing hardening of the arteries.
Lycopene, present in abundance in red tomatoes, is a potent antioxidant. Recent research has demonstrated that lycopene is at least twice as effective as b-carotene in protecting blood lymphocytes from NO2 radical damage.
Lycopene is found to reduce LDL oxidation more effectively than beta-carotene. Scientists have found that a combination of lycopene with vitamin E prevents LDL oxidation more effectively than each substance separately.
A clinical study showed that Lithuanians who suffered a high rate of mortality from coronary heart disease has a low blood lycopene levels.
In one clinical trial, 6 healthy males were given 60 mg of lycopene daily for a three month period. Their plasma LDL cholesterol concentration reduced by 14%. Thus, in addition to protecting LDL from oxidation, tomato's lycopene also inhibits cholesterol synthesis.
According to Michael Aviram, Technion Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center of Haifa, Israel, "I highly recommend that humans supplement their diets with natural tomato lycopene, whether by increasing their consumption of tomatoes, ingesting an all natural supplement, or purchasing food products which use lycopene as a nutrition enhancing ingredient. Lycopene's benefit to the human heart is demonstrable, and outstanding."
Tomato restores vitality - for persistent fatigue
Hypoglycemic people (those who have low blood sugar) are beset with constant fatigue and lack of energy. Tomatoes are useful in rebuilding their strength. Tomato affect this process three ways:
Tomatoes contain several naturally occurring sugars. These account for nearly 50 % of the total dry matter. Ripe tomatoes are especially high in glucose and fructose.
Tomatoes stimulate liver mechanism. Doctors at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan reported that fresh tomato juice was extremely effective in accelerating the glycogen (blood sugar) formation in normal rabbits.
Tomato seeds are a great source of protein. Scientists say that tomato seed protein is similar to that of sunflower and soybean.
Tomato restores the health of the liver. Tomatoes play a key role in liver health.
Russian doctors prescribe tomatoes in the diets of factory workers exposed to toxic chemical. Tomatoes are useful detoxifiers because of the presence of chlorine and sulphur, two very important detoxifying trace elements. 100 grams of uncooked tomato contains 51 mg. of chlorine and 11 mg. of sulphur.
Natural chlorine helps to stimulate the liver. It assists liver in its task as an important filter for body wastes. Tomato also assists the liver in removing the toxic waste products from the system.
Sulphur helps to protect the liver from cirrhosis and other debilitating conditions. Drinking fresh tomato juice can help to regenerate the damaged, destroyed or surgically removed liver.
Tomatoes help promote the health and well-being of liver.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.