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Lycopene-rich tomatoes linked to lower stroke risk

October 10, 2012

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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

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November 24, 2012

You no I have been reading about this study along with antioxidant studies, and your post is the best I’ve read yet!

November 20, 2012

amzing fruit,somethink we eat tomato in the burger few tomato for make delicious, but we don’t know if tomato have a important nutrition special for to reduce cancer risk

November 3, 2012

Lycopene is great for anti-aging. Maintaining a healthy weight is another important factor to stay young.

October 27, 2012

I really like tomatoes, tomatoes every single day I eat, I eat just any tomato I finished up excess cholesterol, is there a solution other than tomatoes to prevent stroke early.?, Thank you in advance for your answers and information.

October 19, 2012

Thanks god I happened to love tomatoes very much even without knowing the benefit Lycopene

Eva Vauchee
October 18, 2012

I love tomatoes & have been eating them year round. farmers mkt. in summer & small ones the rest of the year. However, I have arthritis throughout my body, just had full knee-replacement surgery. How accurate is the idea that tomatoes & others in the nightshade family are detrimental to my arthritic body. I would love a response on this. I am a senior

October 14, 2012

The right result for a totally different reason. I had to have my gall bladder removed aged 17 due to colesterol gall stones.I’m now 66. Unbeknown to us my husband has PXE which has caused him to lose his sight and have a pacemaker fitted. Had I not had to follow a low fat diet our 45 year marriage would have finished long ago with me a widow. I love tomatoes, he dislikes most fruit and vegetables. Consequently I slip tomato paste into gravy and stews. Why, because I was told that brightly coloured vegetables are good for you when I was at an impressionable age. It should also be noted that I cook from scratch using only fresh food. Ready meals and takeaways are a no no but bulk food cooking saves energy and provides nutritious food. In the UK this is only provided in schools, soup kitchens and home delivery hot meals for the housebound. The latter being privately organised on a business basis. I don’t read many blogs, but the Harvard Health Blog I never miss. Thank you for the enlightenment.

Victor Perton
October 13, 2012

Many thanks for this interesting advice!
October 13, 2012

I, understand patients have a right to information during provider-patient interaction, but in some cases health workers can not give the information to patients especially in the low developing countries. Thanks for sharing the valuable information to the patients.

Janet Wild
October 12, 2012

Prevention is always better then Cure.
Sadly, some of my best friends, and physically
fit friends have had a heart attack and now they are
a shadow of themselves.
Over the years we all build up sticky blood platelets which then cause blood clots and makes it more difficult for our blood to flow healthy;
EFSA 13.5 Fruitflow in my opinion could save many people from the misery of heart attacks and strokes.

Bbosa Paul
October 12, 2012

I, understand patients have a right to information during provider-patient interaction, but in some cases health workers deny information to patients especially in the low developing countries.May i know what hinders health workers to deny information to patients during treatment.

Peter Brewster
October 11, 2012

What is the half-life of a dollop of lycopene? Half a cup of tomato juice sounds easy enough to me – compared to the amount in “real tomatoes” but the salt is a real conflict. Getting anywhere close to 10,000 units per day on a likely diet is a major challenge.

P.J. Skerrett
October 11, 2012

Salt can be an issue, especially when lycopene comes from prepared products like tomato juice or canned tomato sauce. I like tomato juice, but always buy low-sodium products and add a shake of potassium salt. (Don’t try this if you are living with heart failure or need to limit potassium.)

Deborah Jones
October 11, 2012

Where does the research stand on the arthritis/tomato connection? Or was that never scientifically proven? I knew a woman who wouldn’t touch a tomato — said it made her arthritis flare up. Personally, I never believed it, and am very happy to see this positive connection with lycopene.

P.J. Skerrett
October 11, 2012

Although there hasn’t been a lot of research on tomatoes/lycopene and arthritis, the meager evidence suggests that more carotenoids (from food) is associated with lower risk of arthritis. But hey, we’re all different. If a person believes that a particular fruit or vegetable causes arthritis to flare, you have to respect his or her perception.

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