Saturday, April 11, 2009

The goodness of Tomato

A tomato a day keeps the doctor away is the latest slogan. Tomato is often an underestimated fruit but the berry has a lot to offer to mankind. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and A along with folate, potassium, fibre and proteins. They are also one of the important source for antioxidants which play an important role in preventing diseases and keeping us healthy. Flavonoids present in tomatoes have antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming cherry tomatoes regularly will regulate your blood pressure by reducing the systolic readings by upto 10 points and your diastolic number by upto 4 points on the average. By drinking tomato juice regularly you can keep the bacterias and viruses away from your body. More vitamin c means there is also protection against cold and flu. Tomatoes have a nourishing effect on our skin and also acting as a sunscreen naturally. So there is little possibility of getting sun burns on your skin. Tomatoes also have cardiovascular benefits and it also pumps the level of HDL cholesterol which is a good cholesterol in our body. Finally tomatoes have wonderful anti-aging qualities. Lycopene and beta carotene present in them are the anti-aging components present in tomatoes.

I have read somewhere that eating too many tomatoes can develop gall stones and kidney stones. But it can be neutralized by drinking lots of water. So eat healthy and stay happy.


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