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Natural wonder: tomato

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The tangy bright-red pulpy fruit is not only a great culinary ingredient but is also a repository of nutrition. Tomatoes are calorie-free and laden with vitamin A, C and K, which makes it wonderful for your skin and body as a whole. The red colour is due to the compound lycopene, which is an anti-oxidant. If you are already a big fan of tomatoes, then you are on the right track of staying healthy and so we insist you to keep eating the wonder fruit.

So how do tomatoes benefit your health? We tell you in the next segment...

Tomato is one of the best things that can ever happen to your skin

Enriched with beta carotene, it de-tans your skin and protects it from sun damage. So if you have got tanned recently, then make it a regular habit to rub your skin with a slice of tomato. Your skin will get back its lost sheen. Vitamin E and lycopene present in tomatoes save your skin from inflammation, wrinkles and cracks.

Potassium in tomatoes is excellent for your heart, muscles and nerves

For your information, a cup of tomato juice has 534mg of potassium. Potassium brings down high blood pressure and improves insulin resistance of the body. It plays an integral role in alleviating weakness in muscles, intestinal problems and chronic fatigue syndrome. It aids in maintaining electrolyte balance of the body and helps in proper transmission of nerve signals and metabolic reactions taking place inside the body. You receive all these benefits when you drink just a cup of tomato juice.

Tomatoes greatly reduce risks of heart disease

In the aforementioned para you have studied how potassium helps in improving heart health. Well apart from potassium, tomatoes also contain niacin, folate and vitamin B6     which protect the heart from a wide range of inflammations.

Tomato combats tumours and likelihood of developing cancers

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In this case, abundant presence of lycopene in tomatoes protects you from different types of cancers. Chances of getting affected with lung, breasts, ovarian, prostate, and digestive tract cancer are reduced by at least 40% on having 4 servings of tomatoes per week. Scientists have recently discovered these two compounds viz. phytoene and phytofluene in tomatoes to have anti-cancer properties

Have tomatoes to improve health of your bones

Vitamin C and vitamin K are the secrets behind tomatoes being a wonderful food for the bones, especially for post menopausal women who are more prone to osteoporosis. Regular consumption of tomatoes improves your bone density, thereby making it strong and sturdy.

The antioxidants present in tomatoes improve immunity

Tomatoes contain lots of bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are anti-inflammatory agents. If you are vulnerable to immunological problems, then start having tomatoes right away. They boost your overall immunity and keeps rheumatoid arthritis and body pain at the bay. Furthermore, lycopene and fiber save you from inflammations like irritable bowel syndrome.

Are you on a weight loss spree? Well then, do not miss out tomatoes  

Tomatoes have high content of water and fiber. The pulpy fruit contains negligible amount of calories and you must include tomatoes in your diet. Have the juice to curb your hunger pangs without putting on weight.

There are numerous delicious ways to eat tomatoes in order to receive its goodness. You can have it in raw form by tossing it in salads or simply squeeze out the juice or treat yourself with a bowl of hot tomato soup. A little effort promises you better life. Enjoy eating tomatoes!

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 11, 2015