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Default Tomatoes are 'stroke preventers' - 10-09-2012, 04:12 AM

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Tomatoes are 'stroke preventers'

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A diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to researchers in Finland.
They were investigating the impact of lycopene - a bright red chemical found in tomatoes, peppers and water-melons.
A study of 1,031 men, published in the journal Neurology, showed those with the most lycopene in their bloodstream were the least likely to have a stroke.
The Stroke Association called for more research into why lycopene seemed to have this effect.
The levels of lycopene in the blood were assessed at the beginning of the study, which then followed the men for the next 12 years.
They were split into four groups based on the amount of lycopene in their blood. There were 25 strokes in the 258 men in the low lycopene group and 11 strokes out of the 259 men in the high lycopene group.
The study said the risk of stroke was cut by 55% by having a diet rich in lycopene.
'Major reduction' Dr Jouni Karppi, from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, said: "This study adds to the evidence that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke.
"The results support the recommendation that people get more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which would likely lead to a major reduction in the number of strokes worldwide, according to previous research."
He said lycopene acted as an antioxidant, reduced inflammation and prevented blood clotting.
Dr Clare Walton, from the Stroke Association, said: "This study suggests that an antioxidant which is found in foods such as tomatoes, red peppers and water-melons could help to lower our stroke risk.
"However, this research should not deter people from eating other types of fruit and vegetables as they all have health benefits and remain an important part of a staple diet.
"More research is needed to help us understand why the particular antioxidant found in vegetables such as tomatoes could help keep our stroke risk down."
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Default 10-09-2012, 05:13 PM

Thank you for posting this, din.

Note that there are SO MANY HIDDEN benefits that are never
mentioned by "scientific studies".

For example, anecdotal evidence says that eating FRESH tomatoes
improves one's vision and eye health.

Medicine never pays attention to supposedly wacky claims of
alternative healing ways.

But tomatoes ARE worth their weight in GOLD.
I recommend to eat as many as possible while in season.
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Talking 10-09-2012, 05:19 PM

^once karma gets to you, even tomatoes won't save you.
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Default 10-09-2012, 05:33 PM

So I can tell something better than tomatoes, Gac, the super vegetable, it has much more lycopene , karoteoids, plus Vit.E:

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Default 10-10-2012, 03:49 PM

That was funny, FLoudering !

Arevapasht : what are these things?
Where are they grown?
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Default 10-10-2012, 07:25 PM

They are called Gac(Momordica cochinchinensis), they are much higher in lycopene and carotenoids than any vegetable. They come from Vietnam.
Here You can read more dear Catya:
http://www.seedman.com/gac.htm
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Default 10-14-2012, 03:17 PM

The picture is beautiful !

The fact is that there are probably hundreds of thousands of plants
which have NOT YET been studied by botanists !

Who knows what else is out there waiting to be "discoverd"
as a wonderful boon for humans ?

I am glad to know about this "gac" -

I wonder whether it will be available in places
like Whole Foods ? Or just Asian produce markets?

Worth a try !!

Meanwhile tomatoes are a staple for those who have no access
to exotic vegetables and fruits.

After all, there are probably OTHER ingredients in a tomato which make
it unique, besides the much-advertised Lycopene !
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