Benefits of tomatoes, the fruits with this red color can be consumed in various ways, for the health of the body also varied.
Tomatoes contain natural antioxidants called lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants that help fight cancer-causing free radicals. In addition, tomatoes are also rich in alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, calories, sugars, vitamin A, and vitamin C. No wonder if the benefits of tomatoes are also abundant.
According to one study, lycopene is thought to be able to increase the skin's ability to protect themselves from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) are dangerous and helps keep the skin looking youthful. In addition, the content of collagen and vitamin C in tomatoes also functions as an antioxidant that helps prevent skin damage by sun, pollution and smoke, preventing fine wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture.
Research shows that eating tomato extract allegedly able to reduce the symptoms of asthma attacks in patients after or during exercise.
One bowl of cherry tomatoes contains about 2 grams of fiber. And research shows that the fibrous foods thought to be able to reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes and improve blood sugar, lipid and insulin levels for people with type 2 diabetes.
Folic acid in tomatoes is presumed to help cope with depression. How, by preventing the formation of hormone excess homocysteine in the body. Excess hormones can disrupt production of the hormone serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine that regulate mood, sleep and appetite.
Various benefits of tomatoes are indeed in need of further research and evidence, but do not hesitate to eat tomatoes every day. In addition, there is a need to be considered. Lycopene in tomatoes to be better absorbed by the body when tomatoes are cooked or processed and not eaten raw.