Researchers from Harvard University have discovered that a compound found in tomatoes may reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 50 percent.
‘Lycopene’ is a naturally occurring phytochemical that gives some fruits and vegetables their red colour. Tomatoes are the richest source, but it is also found in watermelon, capsicum, papaya, pink grapefruit and guava.
Lycopene is a potent antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to help prevent hardening of the arteries, heart attacks and strokes. The lycopene content within a food is surprisingly more available when the food is cooked.
The benefits of lycopene also go way beyond the heart. It has been shown to help cut the risk of lung, prostate, ovarian, pancreatic, and other cancers. So make sure your adding lycopene rich foods into your diet to keep you heart healthy and free of disease. Tomatoes can be added to salads, omelettes, casseroles, soups, stir-fry’s, curries and just about any dish!