Who knew that the secret to everything from disease prevention to glowing, healthy skin could be found in the world’s most popular fruit? Here are ten health benefits of tomatoes.
1. Healthy Skin
Tomatoes make your skin look great. Beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, helps protect skin against sun damage. Tomatoes’ lycopene also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage, a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Strong Bones
Tomatoes build strong bones.The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes are both very good for strengthening and repairing bones. Lycopene also has been shown to improve bone mass, which is a great way to fight osteoporosis.
3. Cancer Fighter
Tomatoes are a natural cancer fighter. Lycopene (again!) can reduce the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate and ovarian cancer. Tomatoes’ antioxidants (vitamins A and C) fight the free radicals which can cause cell damage.
4. Blood Sugar Balancer
Tomatoes can keep your blood sugar in balance. Tomatoes are a very good source of chromium, which helps to regulate blood sugar.
5. Healthy Vision
Tomatoes can improve your vision. The vitamin A that tomatoes provide can improve vision and help prevent night blindness. Recent research shows that consuming tomatoes may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious and irreversible eye condition.
6. Healthy Hair
Tomatoes will even make your hair look better.The vitamin A found in tomatoes works to make hair strong and shiny. (Sorry, tomatoes cannot help much with thinning hair—but they will make the hair you have look better!)
7. Prevent Kidney Stones
Tomatoes can help prevent kidney stones and gallstones. Some studies suggest that kidney and gall stones are less likely to form in people who eat tomatoes without the seeds.
8. Reduce Pain
Tomatoes can reduce chronic pain. If you are one of the millions of people who deal with mild to moderate chronic pain (such as from arthritis or back pain), tomatoes may be a pain-buster. Tomatoes are high in bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are known anti-inflammatory agents.
9. Lose Weight
Tomatoes can help you lose weight. If you are on a sensible diet and exercise plan, build lots of tomatoes into your everyday eating. They make a great snack and can be used to “bulk up” salads, casseroles, sandwiches and other meals. Because tomatoes contain lots of water and fiber, they are what Weight Watchers calls a “filling food,” one of those foods that fills you up fast without adding a lot of calories or fat.
10. Reduce Stroke
Tomatoes shrink stroke risk by over 50 percent. The succulent fruit provides high levels of lycopene in blood and significantly reduces the risk of stroke.
DOM ITP carries several varieties of tomato plants and tomato seeds including the popular: Bawole Serce, Olbrzym, Faworyt, Betalux. Be sure to stop by the garden location in Chicago 5212 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 or the suburbs 1 E. Camp McDonald Prospect Heights, IL 60070. Zapraszamy na zakupy do Dom itp!