Health Benefits of Tomatoes

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In How to Eat to Live, Book One, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad states the following, "The Bible says that He will give us more life abundancy, but He demands strict obedience to His Will. There is no way of prolonging the life of human beings–or any other life–unless it begins with restrictions of the foods which sustain life: the right kinds of food and the proper time when it should be taken into our bodies.

The right kinds of foods that The Honorable Elijah Muhammad mentions above include tomatoes.  In the article, Tomato-A Natural Medicine and Its Health Benefits, it discusses the health benefits of tomatoes.  

(Kumar et al. , 2012) states the following,  "Tomatoes can make people healthier and decrease the risk of conditions such as cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. People who ate tomatoes regularly have a reduced risk of contracting cancer diseases such as lung, prostate, stomach, cervical, breast, oral, colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic, and many other types of cancer. Some studies show that tomatoes and garlic should be taken together at the same time to have its cancer preventive effects". 

Also mentioned in the article, "A recent study has confirmed that tomato and tomato sauce lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. Effectiveness of tomatoes in lowering blood pressure is attributed to lycopene, a chemical present in tomato" (Kumar et al., 2012).

Finally, scientists found  in  "One study that prostate tumors grew much more slowly in rats that were fed both tomato and broccoli powder than in rats given lycopene as a supplement or fed just the broccoli or tomato powder alone (Kumar et al., 2012). 

To learn more about the nutritional properties  of fruits and vegetable, get a copy of my book, The Guide to Understanding the Nutritional Value of Fruits and Vegetables. The book provides the health benefits of various fruits and vegetables that we eat. You will learn the amount of carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins in various fruits and vegetables.

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Kumar, K. S., Paswan, S., & Srivastava, S. (2012). Tomato-a natural medicine and its health benefits. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry1(1), 33-43.

Muhammad, E. (1967). How To Eat To Live.