Before we start on the Benefits of Tomatoes it must be noted that tomatoes are actually a fruit rather than a vegetable.
It is also interesting to know that they were known in their early beginnings as the 'apple of Peru' and later as they arrived in Europe they became known in Italy as the 'love apple".
Tomatoes contain a compound called gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), which can help lower blood pressure and strengthen the heart muscle, a good reason to carry on reaching for the tomatoes.
Through the centuries tomatoes were used to help cleanse the liver and funnily enough, to clear acidity.
Todays' research states that it is an excellent food, eaten raw and fresh to help clear the liver of toxins.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful and protective antioxidant. And the lycopene found in tomatoes is a red carotene, which has been shown to prevent and lower the risk of cancers of the breast, lungs, skin, colon and prostate gland.
And this lycopene can also help lower the risk of eye cataracts and macular degeneration of the eyes by neutralizing the free radicals before they damage cells.
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