Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cash in Tomatoes to avoid Sunburn and Cancer.


Tomatoes not only gives a glowing sheen when applied externally to our body but it has loads of benefits if consumed in our daily diet. There are many health benefits of eating tomatoes. Tomatoes contain compounds that have been proven to help prevent cancer, heart disease cataracts and many others.
the red pigment contained in tomatoes is called lycopene. When choosing your tomatoes, be sure to pick those with the most brilliant shades of red. These indicate the highest amounts of betacarotene and lycopene. Though raw tomatoes are great for you, cooking them releases even more of the benefits. Lycopene is located in the cell wall of the tomato, so by cooking in a bit of oil, this healing compound is more fully released. In addition cooking the tomato in olive oil allows your body to absorb the lycopene better. Don’t worry about the availability of fresh tomatoes. Tomatoes don’t lose any of their nutritional value in the high heat processing , making canned tomatoes and tomato sauce are both just as viable and beneficial as fresh tomatoes.
Tomato saucedr. Mehmet oz recommends eating 10 tablespoons of tomato sauce per week. "inside the tomato is a chemical called lycopene," says dr. Oz. "this chemical has a wonderful effect—it's an antioxidant." dr. Oz says there are added benefits from eating tomato sauce or paste as opposed to plain tomatoes. "a raw tomato is fine, too, but if you get a little fat with it—either with some nuts or a little olive oil and dressing—then it's perfect," says dr. Oz. "it helps you absorb it better into your intestinal system."
There is a magical component in tomatoes that research is beginning to show could protect our skin from uv damage from sunburn. It’s called lycopene and it is a very effective antioxidant.
Tomato paste
This research was done in uk and it was very fruitful.
Research test was to establish whether eating tomato paste could help protect the skin from uv damage and uv-induced reddening. They took 23 women who were used to burning merely at the sight of the sun and asked half of them to eat 55g of tomato paste every day for 12 weeks (giving them 16mg of lycopene).
"an unbelievable 30% increase in skin protection"
As a defence against uv rays, the body tans when exposed to moderate levels of radiation. This helps to block uv penetration and prevent damage to the vulnerable skin tissues deeper down. In order to test the efficacy of tomatoes on the 23 guinea pigs they tested the lowest dose of uv needed to provoke a visible response on their skin. Then they exposed them to a range of uv radiation and compared the damage done to those who ate tomatoes and those who didn't.
After 12 weeks of rigorously following the tomato paste diet they brought the women back to the lab and burnt them all over again. Was it all in vain? When tested again our volunteers on the lycopene diet had a 30% increase in skin protection.
This doesn't mean that you should stop using sun block but it's good to know that simply by increasing tomatoes in your diet you can help protect your skin from the daily sun damage which happens without us even realizing.

Then in 2006, the prostate, lung, colon, ovarian cancer screening study (plco) raised questions. Almost 30,000 men identified how often they ate more than 25 different tomato-based foods. After eight years, neither the top 20 percent of lycopene or tomato consumers showed any reduced risk of developing prostate cancer.
Because absorption of lycopene improves dramatically when it comes from cooked tomatoes, researchers wondered whether looking directly at blood levels of lycopene would show a relationship to prostate cancer risk. But in a follow-up study reported in may, no significant link was seen between lycopene blood levels and reduced cancer risk.
The men in the plco studies were unusual in at least one respect; they averaged eight to nine servings of vegetables and fruits a day.
Therefore cash in cooked tomatoes with a meal and become burn proof and avoid getting the deadly cancer. For more information on benefits of tomatoes go here http://www.essortment.com/all/healthbenefits_rbdh.htm



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