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We all know that tomatoes are good for health. But there is something more. A new study has found that a daily consumption of an extract called lycopene found in tomatoes may improve the function of blood vessels in patients with cardiovascular disease.
Researchers say, lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and is 10 times more potent than vitamin e and good for your heart.
Joseph cheriyan, an associate lecturer at university of cambridge say, there is a wealth of research that suggests that the mediterranean diet includes lycopene found in tomatoes is good for cardiovascular health. One component of the mediterranean diet thought to play a role in reducing cardiovascular risk is lycopene found in tomatoes and other fruits.
It’s become more effective when it is consumed pureed in ketchup or in the presence of olive oil. Researchers carried out a randomised trial investigating the effects of lycopene.
Thirty six cardiovascular disease patients and 36 healthy volunteers were given either ateronon pill or a placebo treatment. The researchers found that seven mg of oral lycopene supplementation improved and normalised endothelial function in the patients but not in healthy volunteers. Researchers found lycopene improved the widening of the blood vessels by over a half (53 per cent) compared to baseline in those taking the pill.
The good news is that the supplement had no effect on blood pressure arterial stiffness or levels of lipids.