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18 Amazing Health Benefits of Tomatoes


Tomato is a delicious fruit/vegetable that belongs to the nightshade family of Solanaceae family. In terms of botany, it is a fruit, but it most commonly used as a vegetable and as a salad.  Its use as a food originated in Mexico and then got spread throughout the world. It is a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc. and provides a number of health benefits. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of tomatoes, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of tomato.

Nutrition chart of Tomato

Nutrition chart of Tomato
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Health Benefits of Tomato

Health Benefits of Tomatoes
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(1) Are Rich In Antioxidants

Eating tomatoes on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for keeping us healthy because of the number of nutrients present in them.

In addition to the nutrients, they are also a good source of antioxidants like “lycopene”, “vitamin C” and other antioxidantal compounds that fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions, so, they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them.

By doing so, they not only reduce the risk of various cancers like skin cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer etc. but also aids in making our immune system stronger.

(2) Excellent Source of Vitamins And Minerals 

Consuming tomatoes on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial for keeping us healthy and for reducing the risk of various diseases.

This benefit is mainly because of the abundance of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in them.

Potassium present in the tomatoes plays an important role in regulating blood pressure, iron aids in treating anemia and other nutrients like calcium and zinc etc. aids in the bone development.

There are many other nutrients ( and their respective benefits) present in tomatoes that play a significant role in keeping us healthy

(3) Maintains Cholesterol Level

Tomatoes have been found to be very effective in maintaining our cholesterol level and this helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly due to the presence of dietary fibers in them.

The dietary fibers present in the tomatoes reduce bad LDL cholesterol from our body, which is a leading cause of heart problem as it clogs our arteries increasing the risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke etc.

It is also effective in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, a condition in which arteries get weaken because of the clogging of arteries by fat etc.

Consuming tomatoes on a regular basis also improves the production of good HDL cholesterol level in our body, which helps our cardiovascular system

(4) Reduces The Damage Caused By  Cigarette Smoking

If you are a smoker and cigarettes are constantly deteriorating your health, then you should definitely include tomatoes to your food plate.

This is because consuming tomatoes on a regular basis has been found to reduce the damage caused by the cigarette smoking.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly due to the presence of compounds like “coumaric acid” and “Chlorogenic acid” in them. These compounds are known to fight against the “nitrosamines” that get produced in the body during the smoking.

Nitrosamines are carcinogenic in nature which means, they increase the risk of various cancers like lung cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer etc.

In addition to this, other antioxidants like vitamin A present in the tomatoes fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus reduces the risk of lung cancer.

(5) Keep Our Eyes Healthy

Our eyes are our windows to the world as they allow us to enjoy the scenic beauty of this world.

For this reason, it is necessary for us to take good care of our eyes, and eating tomatoes on a regular basis has been found to be very effective in doing the same.

Eating tomatoes on a regular basis is good for our eyes and helps in keeping them healthy.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and other nutrients like vitamins, minerals etc. in them.

The antioxidants present in the tomatoes fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.

By doing so, they not only prevent our eyes from the oxidative stress but also reduces the risk of development of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma etc.

In addition to this, other nutrients ( particularly vitamin A)  plays a significant role in keeping our eyes healthy and reduces the risk of night blindness, cataract etc.

(6) Keeps Our Digestive System Healthy 

Consuming tomatoes on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very good for our stomach and aids in keeping our digestive system healthy.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly due to the presence of dietary fibers in them.

The dietary fibers present in the tomatoes acts as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement and ensures smooth elimination of waste/stool from our body, and thus provides relief from constipation, a major digestive problem that may open the door for other health problems like hemorrhoids, anal fissures,fecal incontinence and urologic disorders ( source)

It is beneficial not only in treating constipation but also reduces the risk of other digestive disorders like abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal gas etc.

Tomatoes are also rich in water ( around 94 percent of tomato’s weight is water) and play a significant role in removing toxins from our system, and thus aids in maintaining our stomach health.

Other nutrients like Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin A etc. and minerals like zinc and iron etc. also aids in keeping our stomach healthy.

Also Read: 18 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Tomatoes

(7) Provides Relief From High Blood Pressure Or Hypertension 

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major health problem that is affecting millions of people all over the world.  Stress, anxiety, food habits, environment, changing lifestyle are the leading cause of hypertension, which is a major health problem that is deteriorating our health day by day.  What makes it worse is that it is also a leading cause of cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

It has been found that eating tomatoes on a regular and moderate basis is very effective in keeping our blood pressure under control and for reducing the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly because of the presence of mineral “potassium” in it.

Potassium is a vasodilator which relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus provides relief from high blood pressure.

As high blood pressure is also a leading cause of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc. so, by controlling high blood pressure, it also aids in controlling heart problems.

(8) Helps In Managing Diabetes

Consuming tomatoes on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for the people with diabetes or who are at the risk of developing diabetes.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly because of their low glycemic index.

Glycemic index of tomatoes is less than 15 ( which is considered as low range) which means it reduces the rate at which sugar gets released into the bloodstream and prevents sudden spikes of sugar level in our bloodstream.

In addition to this, the dietary fibers present in the tomatoes also plays a vital role in managing diabetes as they reduce the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the blood stream.

As per a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was also found that eating tomatoes on a daily basis also reduces the oxidative stress of type-2 diabetes.

This benefit has been linked to the number of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A and lycopene etc. present in them.

(9) Prevents Urinary Tract Infections 

Eating tomatoes on a regular basis has also been found to be effective in reducing the risk of various urinary tract infections like bladder cancer etc.

Tomatoes are rich in water content and in fact, around 94 percent of tomato’s weight is water. High water content present in the tomatoes can stimulate urination, and to some extent, this makes tomatoes a diuretic compound.  It is very effective in removing toxins, excess salt, excess water, and other impurities from our system, and thus reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.

Additionally, the antioxidants like Vitamin C and lycopene etc fights with the free radicals of our body, and prevents our kidneys and bladder from the oxidative stress, thereby reducing the risk of bladder cancer and kidney cancer.

(10) Prevents Gallstones 

As mentioned earlier, tomatoes are very effective in reducing toxins and other impurities from our system. By doing so, they not only reduce the risk of urinary tract infection but also helps in keeping our kidneys healthy.

This is because, by helping in toxin removal, tomatoes reduces the burden from the kidneys.

In addition to this, the magnesium presents in the tomatoes is very effective for providing relief from gallbladder diseases like gallstones.

(11) Promotes Weight Loss 

Regular and moderate intake of tomatoes has been found to be very advantageous for the individuals who are on a weight loss journey or those who would like to get free of some extra pounds.

This weight loss benefit of tomatoes is mainly because of their low calorific value. Eating an average sized tomato ( weighing around 100 grams) provides around 18 kcals of energy, which means one can enjoy tomatoes without worrying about the weight gain.

In addition to this, they are also a good source of dietary fibers and water that plays a vital role in the weight management.

The dietary fiber ( and as well as water) present in the tomatoes keep our stomach satisfied for a longer duration, and decreases our urge to eat again and again, and thus controls overeating.

As overeating is a major cause of obesity, so by controlling overeating, it helps in controlling obesity.

(12) Beneficial During Pregnancy 

Pregnancy is an important stage in every woman’s life and it is important for her to keep an eye on her food, as what she eats and drinks also determines the health of the baby growing in her womb.  Consuming food rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants etc. is very important for the overall development of the baby and maintaining the health of the mother.Tomato is a delicious fruity vegetable ( vegetable in terms of cooking, fruit in terms of botany) that is found

Tomato is a delicious fruity vegetable ( vegetable in terms of cooking, fruit in terms of botany) that is found to beneficial during pregnancy period because of the number of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. present in them.

The antioxidants present in the tomatoes fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and prevents them from causing oxidative stress to our body cells. It is also effective in providing relief from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that usually triggers in the first trimester of pregnancy or during the postpartum period.

The folic acid or the folate compounds present in the tomatoes aids in reducing the risk of birth defects like neural tube defects and spina bifida etc.

Other nutrients like zinc, iron, magnesium, vitamins etc. also play a significant role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Also Read: 12 Wonderful Beauty Benefits of Tomatoes For Skin And Hair

(13) Make Our Bones Stronger 

Eating tomatoes on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for making our bones stronger and for reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly because of the bone strengthening minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium,  and Vitamin K etc. present n them.

The antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A present in the tomatoes prevents our bones from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals.  Vitamin C is also effective in reducing the risk of underdeveloped bones.

Nutrients like calcium and magnesium present in the tomatoes contributes to the bone health in a positive manner, and thus reduces the risk of osteporosis, a condition in which our bones get abnormally weak and brittle.

In addition to this, the vitamin D present in the tomatoes increases the absorption of calcium in our body, and the vitamin K helps in increasing bone mineral density, thereby reducing the risk of fractures.

(14) Strengthens Our Immune System 

Our immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as it is the immune system that fights with the diseae causing pathogens like bacteria and virus etc. and prevents them from entering our body, and thus reduces the risk of various diseases.

And, even if we get sick, it is the immune system that fights with the pathogens responsible for the disease or illness, and make us healthy again.

Given the importance of immune system in our body, it is necessary for us to take good care of our immune system, and tomatoes have been found to be very effective in doing the same.

Eating tomatoes on a regular basis has been found to be very benefecial in making  our immune system stronger and for reducing the risk of various diseases.

This benefit of tomato is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other antioxidantal compounds etc. present in them.

These antioxidants fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, including the white blood cells that forms the backbone of immune system.

When our immune system is stronger, we are less likely to get infected by the disease causing pathogens like bacteria and virus, and risk of cough, cold and other illness reduces automagically.

Other nutrients like vitamins and minerals present in the tomatoes also plays a significant role in strengthening our immune system.

(15) Provides Relief From Inflammation 

Consuming tomatoes on a regular basis has been found to be very effective in providing relief from the inflammatory diseases like arthritis, gouts, rheumatism etc.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly because of the presence of “Vitamin C” in it.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that possess anti-inflammatory properties and is very benefecial for providing relief from the pain associated with the inflammatory diseaes.

As per a study published in the United Sates Department of Agriculture, it was found that another compound like “apolycopenoids” present in tomatoes also plays a significant role in fighting against inflammation, and in fact it was been found to be more effective than the “lycopene” ( another antioxidant found in the tomatoes).

It should also be noted that cooking tomatoes enhances the bioavailability of lycopene, but at the same time it destroys other antioxidants like vitamin C.

The best way to deal with the situation is not  to stick with one form and keep alternating between the both forms. In other words, sometimes enjoy tomatoes in raw form, and sometimes enjoy them in the cooked form.

(16) Increase Fertility In Men

Eating tomatoes on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial in boosting the fertility of man by as much as 70 percent.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly because of the “lycopene” antioxidant present in it.  It is also effective in protecting against the damage caused by the oxidative stress of free radicals, and reduces the number of abnormal cells.

According to a Boston study, it was found that consuming tomatoes on a regular basis for a period of at least seven days decreases the risk of prostate cancer by 35 percent and risk of advanced prostate cancer by 50 percent.

(17) Good For Our Brain 

Regular and moderate consumption of tomatoes has been found to be very beneficial in keeping our brain healthy and for reducing the risk of various neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia etc.

This benefit of tomatoes is mainly because of the presence of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. present in them.

These antioxidants fight prevent us from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals.  Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized, so, they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules, and while doing so, they cause oxidative damage to them.

By protecting our brain cells or neurons from the oxidative damage, it not only reduces the risk of various cognitive diseases like dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease etc. but also aids in keeping our neurological system healthy.

Other nutrients like zinc, folate, magnesium, nd Iron etc. also plays a singificant role in keeping our neurological system healthy.

(18) Helps In Keeping Our Liver Healthy 

Another major health benefit and as well as the reason to include tomatoes to your regular food plate is their ability to keep our liver healthy.

It has been found that consuming tomatoes on a regular basis is very beneficial for our liver and prevents it from the damage.

This benefit is also said to be linked with antioxidants.

The antioxidants like lycopene present in the tomatoes prevent our liver from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals, and thus helps in keeping it healthy.

These antioxidants are also effective in reducing the risk of liver cancer, and for protecting against inflammation of the liver.

An interesting fact about liver is that it can regenerate itself completely even from the partial organ. If liver damage occurs, then the entire liver  can be regenerated ( on its own) just by 25 percent of the liver. Consuming tomatoes keep our liver healthy, and also improves the process of regeneration of lost tissues.

In addition to this, other nutrients like B-Complex vitamins, Vitamin K etc. also plays a significant role in keeping our liver healthy.

Reference(s)

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-tomatoes/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/tomatoes.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/tomato.html

 

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