There are numerous health benefits of Tomato; it is a very important vegetable. Tomato contains lycopene (the red pigment in tomato), this pigment is a powerful antioxidant that helps in fighting cancer. Tomato helps in cases of congestion of the liver (protects the liver from cirrhosis) as well as for dissolving gallstones. Tomato is a natural antiseptic therefore it can help protect against various infections. Nicotinic acid in tomatoes can help to reduce blood cholesterol, thus helps prevent heart diseases.
Tomato is a good blood purifier, consumption of tomato everyday helps in improving skin texture and color. Tomatoes contain large amounts of vitamin C, providing 40 percent of the daily value. They also contain 15 percent daily value of vitamin A, 8 percent daily value of potassium, and 7 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron for women and 10 percent RDA for men.
Tomato has a great taste; it can be eaten raw in form of salads .Tomato puree is used to prepare many dishes. The health benefits of tomato are becoming more and more recognized every day as we learn new uses of this amazing fruit. Due to high levels of Lycopene, Cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus can be confined.
Two powerful compounds found in tomatoes-coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid-are thought to block the effects of nitrosamines. These are compounds that not only are formed naturally in the body, but also are the strongest carcinogen in tobacco smoke. By blocking the effects of these nitrosamines, the chances of lung cancer are reduced significantly.
While buying Tomatoes, be sure to pick those with the brightest shades of red. These indicate the highest amounts of betacarotene and lycopene. Though raw tomatoes are great in taste, but 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.