Health benefits of Tomatoes according to Naturopaths and research. The Naturopathic link between Inflammation and Cardiovascular problems

According to recent research, the humble tomato may be a superstar at preventing disease. An article printed in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and reviewed by Medical News Today, says the tomato is one of our richest sources of antioxidants and may be able to help prevent a host of serious disorders, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Natural therapies is now being taken more seriously and becoming more accepted as the funds become more available for the research to be carried out on natural supplementation of foods, teas and natural remedies..

It is particularly interesting to note that one of the key antioxidants in tomatoes, lycopene, has been shown to be even more effective after cooking and processing than before. This is in contrast to so many other fresh fruits and vegetables, whose antioxidants and other health promoting ingredients have diminished effectiveness after cooking or processing. Naturopaths used lycopene readily for getting the symptoms of an enlarged prostate down. It is a great antioxidant for men.

We use tomatoes in so many ways already, making it a point to add more of them to our diet may be an easy way to start on the road to a healthier diet. Aside from lycopene, tomatoes also contain other benefits, such as antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. In Naturopathy this is key to cardiovascular health, as according to naturopathic philosophy, clots associated with cardiovascular ill health is an inflammatory problem when it comes to the ‘cause’ of the condition.

In addition, researchers have found evidence to suggest there is a relationship between tomatoes and a decreased risk of contracting certain cancers, skin damage from ultraviolet light, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and even cognitive dysfunction. This is just one of many natural health products that can be found in food, as oppose to natural supplemental medicine.