As a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants tomatoes help fight free radicals that are known to cause cancer.
According to John Erdman, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Illinois, there is strong evidence that the increased consumption of tomato products lowers the incidence of prostate cancer. In addition, diets that are rich in beta-carotene can play a role in protecting your body against prostate cancer.
1). Colorectal Cancer
The consumption of beta-carotene has been shown to be associated with lower levels of colon cancer in the Japanese population. The high fiber from fruits and vegetables is associated with less risk of colorectal cancer.
2). Blood Pressure
By maintaining a low sodium intake blood pressure levels will stay low; however increasing potassium may be just as important because of its vasodilation effects. Fewer than 2% of adults in the U.S. meet the daily 4700 mg recommendation.
3). Heart Health
Fiber, Potassium, Vitamin C and choline, which are all found in tomatoes, support heart health. By increasing potassium intake along with decreasing sodium intake the person will have a significantly reduced risk of developing a cardiovascular disease. In fact, this is the most important dietary change one can make in order to prevent cardiovascular disease in their lifetime, according to Mark Houston, M.D., M.S. In addition to low sodium content, the folic acid keeps homocysteine levels in check, thereby reducing this risk factor for heart disease.
Studies show that people with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fiber diets have lowered blood glucose levels, while people who have type 2 diabetes may have improved blood sugar, lipid, and insulin levels. A cup of cherry tomatoes has 2 grams of fiber.
Foods that are high in water and fiber like tomatoes can help hydrate and promote regular bowel movements. Fiber adds bulk to stool and is essential for regular bowel movements.
6). Eye Health
Powerful antioxidants in tomatoes such as, lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene, have been shown to protect eyes against light-induced damage. Light-induced damage to the eyes is associated with cataracts and macular degeneration.
Collagen, an essential component of the skin, hair, nails, and connective tissue, is reliant on vitamin C. Deficiency of vitamin C leads to scurvy. By consuming a healthy dose of vitamin C, the powerful antioxidant properties will prevent the body from developing damage from sunlight, pollution and smoke, which leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, blemishes and other adverse health effects.
Proper amounts of folic acid are necessary to protect the neural tube against defects in infants.
Folic acid can help reduce the risk of depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body. An excess of homocysteine interferes with the production feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate sleep, mood, and appetite. In addition excess homocysteine can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain.