benefits of Tomatoes

Benefits of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) to the body can be seen from various scientific publications. For example, Edward Giovannucci in the publication entitled "Tomato Products, Lycopene, and Prostate Cancer: A Review of the Epidemiological Literature at the American Society for Nutritional Sciences" 2005 found there are still controversial about the benefits of tomatoes in preventing various diseases one prostate cancer.

Benefits of tomatoes as an anti-prostate cancer is caused by the presence of lycopene in tomatoes. Lycopene is also found in many processed tomato products and its variations, such as: pizza, tomato soup, sauce, juice, salad, spaghetti sauce, salsa, tomato paste. Variety of processed tomato products is a source of lycopene bioavailability its better than fresh tomatoes.


Uniquely other fruits such as red grapes and watermelon also contains lycopene. In addition to prostate cancer, the benefits of lycopene is also thought to be felt for patients with breast cancer, gastric cancer, degeneration of the cells of the eye due to age (age-related macular degeneration), reduces levels of bad cholesterol, protect the skin from the fierce ultraviolet light, soften and beautify the skin, reduce skin wrinkles, etc. In addition to lycopene, tomatoes actually also contains beta carotene, lutein, vitamin E, vitamin C, and flavonoids (one of them: quercetin).

But the results of the above studies contradicted by the results of research conducted by Etminan, M., Takkouche, B. & Caamano-Isorna, F. (2004) and the Schuurman, AG, Goldbohm, RA, Dorant, E. & van den Brandt, PA (1998) which concluded that there was no positive correlation between tomatoes and prostate cancer.

Benefits of tomatoes on lung cancer is still controversial. Some studies suggest beneficial but other studies conclude there is no positive correlation between the two (tomato and lung cancer).

Results of an epidemiological study on the benefits of the tomato is indeed still need to be reviewed, given the effective and maximum to say, there are some things to consider: do a comprehensive assessment of the various primary sources of lycopene, lycopene bioavailability counting, checking the population with intake (intake) product tomatoes are high, counting the temporal pattern as the sole diet or blood measurements in a given period of time is not enough, large enough population to evaluate their relative risk, examines whether the benefits of tomatoes or lycopene is influenced by genetic factors, called genetic polymorphisms, especially with respect to DNA repair genes ,

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