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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tomatoes may save you from high cholesterol

Want to be free of high cholesterol and blood pressure (BP)? Tomatoes can be a way out for you! Tomatoes may be an effective alternative to drugs in lowering cholesterol and BP and in preventing heart disease.
Tomatoes can save you from high cholesterol
The humble tomato is more than a delicious fruit. A new study says that eating it daily could help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, thus keeping heart disease at bay.

An international group, headed by University of Adelaide, said that a bright red pigment known as lycopene present in tomatoes has antioxidant properties, which are beneficial for heart.

The study also said that consumption of half-a-litre of tomato juice or 50 grams of tomato paste daily is helpful in avoiding heart diseases.

As per study scientists, lycopene is better absorbed in processed and cooked tomatoes or tomato paste rather than fresh ones.

The study published in the international journal Maturitas, has shown that tomatoes may be an effective alternative to medication in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

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