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8 Rea­sons Why You Need To Eat Raw Toma­toes Reg­u­lar­ly

The Toma­to is con­sid­ered both, a fruit and a veg­etable and it forms an inte­gral part of cuisines across the globe. Dai­ly con­sump­tion of toma­toes pro­vides a great boost to the health, along with improv­ing the fla­vor of food.

You can find them in dif­fer­ent foods like pas­ta, piz­zas, ketchup, and var­i­ous bev­er­ages. They are rel­a­tive­ly easy to cul­ti­vate and grow very quick­ly, mak­ing them a great food source, which is a big rea­son why toma­toes are a sta­ple food for many nations.
Let’s explore a few of the rea­sons why they are such a valu­able food item for human health.

The com­bi­na­tion of nutri­ents in toma­toes may help pre­vent car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.
Cook­ing may actu­al­ly increase the health ben­e­fits of this lush fruit because although cooked toma­toes have less vit­a­min C, their lycopene is more avail­able and antiox­i­dant activ­i­ty is undi­min­ished by cook­ing.
Toma­toes are the major dietary source of the antiox­i­dant lycopene, which has been linked to many health ben­e­fits, includ­ing reduced risk of heart dis­ease and can­cer. They are also a great source of Vit­a­min C, Potas­si­um, folate and Vit­a­min K. Toma­toes are also an excel­lent source Vit­a­min C, biotin, molyb­de­num and vit­a­min K. They are also a very good­source of cop­per, potas­si­um, man­ganese, dietary fiber, vit­a­min A in the form of beta-carotene, vit­a­min B6, folate, niacin, Vit­a­min E and phos­pho­rus.
The ben­e­fits of con­sum­ing dif­fer­ent types of fruit and veg­etable are impres­sive, and toma­toes are no dif­fer­ent.

As the pro­por­tion of plant foods in the diet increas­es, the risk of devel­op­ing heart dis­ease, dia­betes, and can­cer decreas­es.

There are dif­fer­ent types and sizes of toma­to, and they can be pre­pared in dif­fer­ent ways. These include cher­ry toma­toes, stewed toma­toes, raw toma­toes, soups, juices, and puree.
High fruit and veg­etable intake is also linked to healthy skin and hair, increased ener­gy, and low­er weight. Increas­ing the con­sump­tion of fruits and veg­eta­bles sig­nif­i­cant­ly decreas­es the risk of obe­si­ty and over­all mor­tal­i­ty.

Free rad­i­cals in the blood stream are dan­ger­ous because it may lead to cell dam­age.
Remem­ber, the red­der the toma­to you eat , the more beta-carotene it con­tains. In addi­tion, you also want to keep in mind that cook­ing destroys the Vit­a­min C, so for these ben­e­fits, the toma­toes need to be eat­en raw.
Toma­toes con­tain all 4 major carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. These carotenoids may have indi­vid­ual ben­e­fits, but also have syn­er­gy as a group that is, they inter­act to pro­vide health ben­e­fits.
Toma­toes are rich in potas­si­um, a min­er­al most of us don’t get enough of. Just one serv­ing a day of toma­to-based foods can have an incred­i­bly ben­e­fi­cial effect on your health. Not only can they reduce heart dis­ease, but they could poten­tial­ly pre­vent and reverse dozens of dis­eases if eat­en dai­ly. This is one fruit you don’t want to leave out of your diet. The health ben­e­fits of toma­toes include:- eye care, good stom­ach health, and a reduced blood pres­sure.
They pro­vide relief from dia­betes, skin prob­lems, and uri­nary tract infec­tions too. Fur­ther­more, they improve diges­tion, stim­u­late blood cir­cu­la­tion, reduce cho­les­terol lev­els, improve flu­id bal­ance, pro­tect the kid­neys, detox­i­fy the body, pre­vent pre­ma­ture aging, and reduce inflam­ma­tion. Toma­toes con­sist of a large num­ber of antiox­i­dants that have been proven to fight dif­fer­ent forms of can­cer.
They are also a rich source of vit­a­mins and min­er­als and exert a pro­tec­tive effect against car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases.

Toma­toes con­tains a large amount of lycopene, an antiox­i­dant that is high­ly effec­tive in scav­eng­ing can­cer-caus­ing free rad­i­cals. This ben­e­fit can even be obtained from heat-processed toma­to prod­ucts like ketchup.
The lycopene in toma­toes defends against can­cer and has been shown to be effec­tive in fight­ing prostate can­cer, cer­vi­cal can­cer, can­cer of the stom­ach and rec­tum as well as phar­ynx and esophageal can­cers. It also pro­tects against breast and mouth can­cer.


TOMATOES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

Toma­toes con­tain a high lev­el of lycopene, which is a sub­stance that is used in some of the more pri­cy facial cleansers that are avail­able for pur­chase over-the-counter.
If you want to try toma­toes for skin care, you need to start with about eight to twelve toma­toes.
Peel the toma­toes and then place the skin on your face with inside of the toma­to touch­ing your skin.
Leave the toma­toes on your face for a min­i­mum of ten min­utes, then wash. Your face will feel clean and shiny. Some red­ness may occur, but should fade with time.

TOMATOES HELP PREVENT SEVERAL TYPES OF CANCER

A num­ber of stud­ies have been con­duct­ed that indi­cate that the high lev­els of lycopene in toma­toes works to reduce your chances of devel­op­ing prostate, col­orec­tal and stom­ach can­cer.

Lycopene is a nat­ur­al antiox­i­dant that works effec­tive­ly to slow the growth of can­cer­ous cells. Cooked toma­toes pro­duce even more lycopene, so go ahead and cook up a batch of your mom’s famous toma­to soup.

TOMATOES HELP MAINTAIN STRONG BONES

Toma­toes con­tain a amount of cal­ci­um and Vit­a­min K. Both of these nutri­ents are essen­tial in strength­en­ing and per­form­ing minor repairs on the bones as well as the bone tis­sue.

TOMATOES HELP REPAIR DAMAGE CAUSED BY SMOKING

How­ev­er, toma­toes can reduce the amount of dam­aged done to your body by smok­ing cig­a­rettes.
Toma­toes con­tain coumar­ic acid and chloro­genic acid that work to pro­tect the body from car­cino­gens that are pro­duced from cig­a­rette smoke.


Toma­toes pro­vide essen­tial antiox­i­dants.

Toma­toes con­tain a great deal of Vit­a­min A and Vit­a­min C. This is pri­mar­i­ly because these vit­a­mins and beta-carotene work as antiox­i­dants to neu­tral­ize harm­ful free rad­i­cals in the blood.
Free rad­i­cals in the blood stream are dan­ger­ous because it may lead to cell dam­age. Remem­ber, the red­der the toma­to you eat is, the more beta-carotene it con­tains. In addi­tion, you also want to keep in mind that cook­ing destroys the Vit­a­min C, so for these ben­e­fits, the toma­toes need to be eat­en raw.

TOMATOES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

Because of the Vit­a­min B and potas­si­um in toma­toes, they are effec­tive in reduc­ing cho­les­terol lev­els and low­er­ing blood pres­sure. There­fore, by includ­ing toma­toes in your reg­u­lar bal­anced diet you can effec­tive­ly pre­vent heart attacks, strokes as well as many oth­er heart relat­ed prob­lems that may threat­en your life.

TOMATOES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HAIR

The Vit­a­min A in toma­toes works per­fect­ly to keep your hair shiny and strong. Also it works for your eyes, skin, bones and teeth.


TOMATOES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR KIDNEYS

Adding toma­toes with­out seeds to your diet has been proven in some stud­ies to reduce the risk of kid­ney stones.

TOMATOES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR EYES

The Vit­a­min A found in toma­toes is fan­tas­tic for improv­ing your vision.
In addi­tion, eat­ing toma­toes is one of the best foods to eat to pre­vent the devel­op­ment of night blind­ness.


Toma­toes are packed full of the valu­able min­er­al known as chromi­um. It works effec­tive­ly to help dia­bet­ics keep their blood sug­ar lev­els under bet­ter con­trol.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EATING TOMATOES FOR MEN’S HEALTH?

If you thought toma­toes and the­ly­copene they con­tain were good only as a nat­ur­al treat­ment for prostate dis­ease and con­di­tions such as prostate can­cer, think again. There are also toma­to ben­e­fits for men’s sex­u­al health.


I can imag­ine the men wait­ing to know what’s next? (Smil­ing). A recent study has shown that lycopene nat­u­ral­ly helps blood ves­sels to relax, which enhances cir­cu­la­tion and in turn can improve blood flow in the penis and sup­port a healthy erec­tion.

Do you know that reliev­ing depres­sion & stress is one of oth­er health ben­e­fits of toma­toes?
That is true. Toma­toes are loaded with folic acid that helps to pre­vent the pro­duc­tion of homo­cys­teine, pro­tect the brain, and pre­vent blood clot­ting.

Also folate found in toma­toes can be extreme­ly effec­tive in help­ing to deal with depres­sion by pre­vent­ing the buildup of exces­sive homo­cys­teine present in the body. In fact, too much homo­cys­teine stops the pro­duc­tion of hor­mones, includ­ing sero­tonin, nor­ep­i­neph­rine, and dopamine, which are in charge of keep­ing you hap­py as well as reg­u­lat­ing your sleep cycles, emo­tions, and appetite. It also helps to decrease the lev­els of peri­na­tal depres­sion.

Vit­a­min B6 found in toma­toes helps to pro­duce the “feel-good” hor­mones and pre­vent stress & mood dis­or­ders, such as depres­sion or anx­i­ety.

The reg­u­lar intake of toma­to also helps to reduce the risk of uri­nary tract infec­tions and blad­der can­cer because toma­toes are extreme­ly high in water con­tent. This can aid in stim­u­lat­ing uri­na­tion, so they are real­ly a diuret­ic in some cer­tain ways.

This will increase the elim­i­na­tion of harm­ful tox­ins, excess water, uric acid, salts, and fat from the body. Toma­toes are now the 4th most pop­u­lar fresh-mar­ket veg­etable aside from pota­toes, let­tuce and onions.

Now I believe we all know some of the health ben­e­fits of eat­ing Toma­toes.

I remain yours in good health, @ OLUWABUKUNOLAMI

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