Prostate, blood pressure… The unsuspected benefits of tomatoes?

Prostate, blood pressure… The unsuspected benefits of tomatoes?
Prostate, blood pressure… The unsuspected benefits of tomatoes?

Whether in salad, in sauce or simply bitten, tomatoes bring a touch of freshness and flavor to your dishes. Tomatoes are more than just a summer vegetable. Rich in vitamins A, C and K, they are a real concentrate of essential nutrients. Tomatoes are also beneficial for the heart. “Antioxidants found in tomatoes, such as lycopene, help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases”adds Dr Mohamed.

Red, yellow, green tomatoes, what’s the difference? The yellow tomato is very sweet, with very little acidity. It has a higher vitamin A content than red tomatoes. The orange tomato also has a high vitamin A content (10 times more than most other tomato varieties), because it contains beta-carotenes, a pigment that is converted into vitamin A by the body. Finally, the red tomato acquired its red color following various crossings and selection processes. It contains lycopene, an antioxidant which possibly contributes to protection against carcinogenic substances.

An ally against blood pressure

Spanish researchers conducted a study on nearly 7,000 people at high risk of cardiovascular disease, that is to say they had a significant risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The results are surprising: increased consumption of tomatoes is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of hypertension, up to 36%. “THE Potassium contained in tomatoes plays a crucial role in regulating blood pressure.explains Dr. Mohamed.

Contrary to what you might think, ketchup also counts, despite its sugar content. All forms of tomatoes, whether fresh tomatoes in salads, gazpacho or tomato sauce, can help lower blood pressure. This brightly colored fruit is therefore a real ally for your health.

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