Many times food is eaten without knowing the innumerable properties they have for the well-being of the organism. Tomato, for example, is one of the ingredients that is frequently included in the diet and its composition is rich in nutrients that help maintain good health.
Likewise, this is a vegetable that is characterized by containing elements, such as lycopene, a compound that helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer, such as prostate cancer.
In addition, as has been shown by the research of Deissy Herrera Covarrubias, from the Center for Brain Research (cice) from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, this component is also known for its ability to protect the cells of the human body against oxidative damage, while regularizing molecular activity.
“In the laboratory we work with animal models (rats) promoting precancerous prostate lesions in them through the administration of prolactin and testosterone, which have been shown to be hormones that strongly affect prostate pathologies. PWe were able to confirm that lycopene stops the progression of these lesions”, the expert commented on her work. Also, she adds, lycopene contributes to the prevention of cancer of the lung, colon and digestive tract.
According to researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, referenced by the health portal body minda compound of 7mg (equivalent to two and a half tomatoes, approximately) improves the flexibility of blood vessels and thus promotes heart health and the treatment of heart disease.
Likewise, as the experts of body mind, This fruit has properties that make it stand out from other foods, since some laboratories even try to compress them into capsules.
What are other unknown benefits of tomato?
There are different varieties of tomato that differ in size, shape, color and versatility in the kitchen. The best known are the fleshy ones, used in daily cooking; the cherry, which are characterized by being small, and the pear, which has an elongated shape and contains a large amount of meat.
According to the Spanish Foundation for Nutrition, the tomato stands out for its nutritional content, in which the levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and water stand out. As this entity points out, a portion of tomato can provide up to 61% of the amount of vitamin C recommended for adults. It also provides 27% of the suggested amount of vitamin A and 13% of vitamin E.
If these three vitamins are recognized for something, it is because of their antioxidant action, which helps to mitigate tissue damage. In turn, these nutrients promote the well-being of the immune system and prevent premature aging.
Its composition also includes significant amounts of various minerals. Potassium (300 mg/100g), phosphorus (27 mg) and magnesium (20 mg) are the most abundant in this fruit. In addition, it contains the amount of iron necessary to provide 6% of the ration necessary for adult women and 8% for men.
To consume it and make the most of its properties, experts advise consuming it cooked instead of raw. As explained by the portal specialists body mind, lycopene is better absorbed, triple the efficiency for precision, when high temperatures break down cell membranes and stimulate its release.
In this way, It is advisable to make preparations such as purees, soups, concentrates or sauces, which could be a complement to other dishes or eaten alone, to enjoy the nutrients of this fruit.
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