|You Say Tomato, I say Super food
- The Borneo Post - Sunday, 17 February, 2002
Vitamin C Content
The tomato also supplies vitamin C, another important antioxidant.
This is mostly concentrated in the jelly-like liquid surrounding the
seeds. Vitamin C helps to fight infections and boosts the immune system.
The tomato is also a good source of potassium, which helps to regulate
blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Tomatoes also increase the
alkalinity of the blood and help the body to expel toxins such as uric
cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. It is also the second
leading killer of men. Studies show that men with prostate cancer have
lower levels of lycopene in their blood and more oxidised lipids and
proteins. Many studies strongly support a diet rich in lycopene in
preventing prostate cancer. An optimal dose is considered to be 10
servings a week; you can also purchase antioxidant tablets which contain
lycopene, and take them daily, according to the manufacturer's
instructions. Other important tips include:
beer, as it contains hops that are oestrogenic.
pumpkin seeds daily. A good source of the antioxidant nutrients are
zinc, selenium and vitamin E, pumpkin seeds contain a plant hormone
shown to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to another compound
implicated in prostate problems.
cranberry juice daily. Cranberries are excellent for all manner of
urinary and prostate disorders.
supplements: Evening primrose oil, the OPCs, zinc, vitamin E and the
amino acids L-glycine and L-alanine all help regulate hormonal
imbalances, reduce feelings of urgency to urinate and reduce the size
of an enlarged prostate.
Lycopene may offer protection against at least one factor in the
development of heart disease - high cholesterol. In a study published in
the journal Lipids, Toronto
researchers report that lycopene helps to inhibit the oxidation of low density
lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis and
coronary heart disease. An Israeli study confirms that carotenoids
- especially lycopene help prevent LDL oxidation, and has also found that
they actually suppress cholesterol synthesis. Other important tips
a low-fat diet - less than 25 percent of total calories
should come from fat.
coffee and alcohol,
which increase cholesterol levels, and restrict saturated fats, in
particular butter, cream, ice-cream, full-cream milk, lard, beef,
Iamb, bacon, organ meats, eggs, pork, deli meats and yellow cheese.
Olive oil and cold-pressed vegetable oils and fish are OK.
at least four servings of fish a week, including shellfish, which have
been found to increase HDL - the 'good' cholesterol.
your soluble fibre intake - oat, rice and barley bran, vegetables,
fruit, legumes, pectin and psyllium. Soluble fibre reduces cholesterol
by preventing it from being absorbed or re-absorbed. Other foods,
which absorb or lower `bad' cholesterol, include artichokes, seaweed,
ginger, grapefruit, eggplant and shiitake mushrooms.
an antioxidant formula containing lycopene.
supplements which help the liver deal with excess cholesterol include: St.
Mary's thistle, dandelion root, globe artichoke, and
Take a liver tonic or tablet containing at least several of these herbs,
or drink dandelion tea daily.
Want to add colour, flavour and bloom to your sauces, salads and
stir-fries? Add tomatoes! For instance:
a salad of chopped red and yellow tomatoes. Toss with minced spring
onions, snipped dill, and lemon vinaigrette.
thick slices of tomato in a baking dish. Sprinkle on some basil,
oregano, and olive oil, then bake in medium oven until soft and
fragrant, about 20 minutes. Serve hot as a side dish.
chopped tomato, minced onion, minced black olives, and minced red
capsicum with a splash each of olive oil and robust vinegar. Let stand
for about 30 minutes, and then serve as a sauce with tortillas,
omelettes, or pasta.