Benefits of Tomatoes


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".

What makes Tomatoes so good for us?

  • They are a good source of Potassium.

  • They contain very few kilojoules.

  • A useful source of Vitamins C and E.

  • They are rich in lycopene, a powerful and protective antioxidant.

  • They are also rich in calcium, magnesium phosphorus and Folic Acid.
  • They are low in purines which is the culprit for causing uric acid problems.

List of Ailments Tomatoes can help soothe or even prevent.

  • Tomatoes can help prevent and lower the risk of Cancer's of the breast, lungs, skin, colon and prostate gland.
  • Helps lower the risk of heart disease, eye cataracts and macular degeneration of the eyes.
  • It is also believed to help cleanse the liver.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sunburn
  • Wrinkles

Benefits of Tomatoes for treating High Blood Pressure

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.

Tomatoes and Liver cleansing

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 and Cancer

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.

Tomatoes and Eye Disease

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.

People ask, "Is it bad to eat a lot of Tomatoes"?

Not sure what a lot of tomatoes are, but perhaps the too much of anything is not good for us.

But tomatoes are so laden with the good stuff, that as long as you don't guts yourself with tomatoes the benefits will be plentiful.


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Growing Tomatoes

  • Slice a tomato into approx. 5mm thick rings and place into a seed box.

  • Cover with about 10mm soil and water.

  • Water once a day and wait for the plants to pop their heads out.

  • This happens within 4 to 5 days.

  • Carry on watering every day and wait about two weeks until the plants are sturdy enough to transplant into the vegetable patch.

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