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Benefits of Tomatillo And Its Side Effects

The wonderful health benefits that tomatillos provide can be attributed to the presence of a number of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Consumption of this vegetable helps to strengthen our immunity system, prevents various strands of cancer, increase growth of cells and also benefits our digestive system. Tomatillos also help to lose weight, increase energy levels, improve vision and even help to lower blood pressure.

Benefits of Tomatillo And Its Side Effects

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Tomatillo
Nutritional Value of Tomatillo
Health Benefits of Tomatillo
Good for your eyes
Fights cancer
Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Lowers blood pressure and helps to improve heart health
Helps boost body energy
Helps you to lose weight
Boosts body immunity
Treats influenza and lowers risks of tumor
Prevents anemia and prevents common cold
Uses of Tomatillo
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tomatillo
Cultivation of Tomatillo

Tomatillo

Also known as tomate or husk cherries or tomato verde, tomatillos are small, green Mexican fruit which has Japanese lantern-type shell surrounding it. They are more closely related to cape gooseberries even though they might seem to resemble tomatoes. When tomatillos are picked green, they have a faintly tart, lemon like essence. Tomatillos in ideal conditions are green and have a firm texture. They are a staple in the cuisines of many countries in Central and South America.

Nutritional Value of Tomatillo

Tomatillos are very low in calories but contain substantial quantities of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. These berries have antioxidant phytochemicals called withanolides which have anti-cancer and antibacterial properties. Antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E and flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein are present in this vegetable. Essential minerals like potassium, manganese and magnesium are also present.

Health Benefits of Tomatillo

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Tomatillo
Health Benefits of Tomatillo

Good for your eyes

Tomatillos contain Vitamin A which takes care of your eyes and prevent eye-sight affecting ailments from arising. Cataract is a disease which occurs mainly in people with advanced age and results in partial loss of vision. Tomatillo soup helps to prevent or at least delay the onset of cataracts.

Fights cancer

The antioxidant phytochemicals called withanolides present in tomatillos have anti-cancer properties. These anti-oxidants tend to eliminate the harmful free radicals which affect the healthy cells of our body and turn them into cancerous ones. Consumption of tomatillos helps to prevent lung and oral cancers due to the presence of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and flavonoids.

Helps reduce cholesterol levels

Tomatillos help to bring down cholesterol levels to manageable levels due to the presence of high amount of fiber. Serious ailments like heart attacks and strokes can be avoided by including tomatillos in your diet.

Lowers blood pressure and helps to improve heart health

Tomatillos have the lowest sodium to potassium ratio of all the vegetables. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure as it has vasodilatory functions. It relaxes blood vessels, reduces strain on the cardiovascular system and thus ensures that blood is circulated properly to vital areas of our body. Tomatillos also have dietary fiber which help to remove bad cholesterol from the body and protects your heart from atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.

Helps boost body energy

Incorporating tomatillos in your diet can help you to increase energy levels. This is primarily due to the presence of niacin, which helps to break down food and complex molecules and furnishes us with usable energy. Niacin facilitates and accelerates this enzymatic process of energy production.

Helps you to lose weight

Being low in fats and calories and high in dietary fiber, tomatillos are ideal for you to include in your diet if you are planning to lose weight. The nutrient content of this vegetable keeps your body healthy while the dietary fiber makes you feel fuller and thus prevents you from overeating.

Boosts body immunity

Tomatillos have Vitamin C which helps in the production of white blood cells. White blood cells are the primary line of defense and act against the disease-causing free radicals. This vitamin also aids in improving body sustainability and metabolic functions as it facilitates the production of collagen. Collagen protects our skin tissues as well as the cells and tissues that make up our blood vessels and organs.

Treats influenza and lowers risks of tumor

Tomatillos are good for treating influenza and they can be used in any form. Tomatillo sauce is considered by many as the best remedy for influenza. The withanolides present in this vegetable help to lower risks of tumor.

Prevents anemia and prevents common cold

Consumption of tomatilla helps to prevent anemia due to the presence of so many nutrients and vitamins. These nutrients facilitate the production of blood in your body. Tomatillo soup is extremely effective in treating common cold as well.

Uses of Tomatillo

Tomatillos are a pertinent part of many Mexican dishes like tacos, enchiladas and burritos where they blended with garlic, onion and herbs like cumin and cilantro. They also are widely used in salads, sandwiches and soups and can be steamed, fired or broiled. Tomatillo soup has a number of medicinal benefits. It is one of the most sought after ingredients in Central American sauce preparations due to its unique sweet and tart flavors.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Tomatillo

Tomatillos should not be consumed by people suffering from arthritis or inflammation as these conditions may get aggravated due to the presence of alkaloid substances in this vegetable. This vegetable may also cause allergic reactions in some people as it is a member of the nightshade family. The allergy may manifest itself in the forms of skin and eye itchiness, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and runny nose.

Cultivation of Tomatillo

It is believed that the Aztecs grew this vegetable as far back as 800 B.C and that the Mexicans and South Americans are cultivating it for many years. A fossilized tomatillo, accepted to be 52.2 million years old was discovered in Argentina. The Spaniards introduced this vegetable to the United States after first carrying it to their own homeland. This vegetable is now consumed in different parts of the world and is a part of the cuisines of many different places.

Tomatillos require full sunshine and moist soil to grow properly. They grow in a hot climate and require soaking wet ground. Soil with a pH count close to 7 is ideal for cultivating this vegetable. The tomatillos can be harvested once the fruit gets firm and the husk becomes dry, papery and straw coloured.

Popular Questions & Answers

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M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Guntur
Hi, the symptoms of psoriasis can be reduced by making some diet changes. Avoid gluten containing foods (wheat, barley and rye) as they might enhance the symptoms of the condition. Milk products, red meat, citrus fruits, tomato, potato, peppers (bell pepper, paprika, tomatillo, cayenne), egg plant, Refined carbohydrates, alcohol, fried and junk foods have to be avoided. Intake of spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric etc. Helps to fight inflammation. Fish should be considered as it provides source of omega-3 fatty acids. Plenty intake of water along with exercise will improve your condition.

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MBBS, MD(General Medicine), Fellowship Hemato - Oncology (Hemat-Oncology), DM(Medical Oncology), DNB(Medical Oncology)
Oncologist, Kolkata
After chemotherapy is given, side-effects usually start by 7 to 10 days and subside by 15th day. During this period she is likely to have low wbc and hence it is advisable not to go to crowded places. She can have all foods including fresh fruits and vegetables which are hygienic. If you get any fever after chemotherapy please contact your doctor andvstart injectable antibiotics within an Hour.

My mother has gone through chemotherephy and now my family members are not allowing our dog to get on patient bed and even not allowing any other person to use patients toilet is all these necessary to take such protection of kimo patients.

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General Physician, Mumbai
Chemotherapy reduces the bone marrow function and which reduces the immunity of the patients and which increases the chances for secondary infection and so to prevent any further damage to the patient extra care needs to be taken

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Cancer - 6 Ways To Help You Manage Your Condition!

We live in an age where every single individual, more or less, is exposed to the risk of cancer. It is probably an unfavorable lifestyle we lead that deprives us of good health. This might alarm many but considerable changes in lifestyle can help you realize cancer as a preventable disease. Cancer does not only make you undergo severe suffering but it also affects your friends and family. The pallor of misery spreads wider than you think.

  1. Abstain from tobacco: Consuming raw tobacco or smoking tobacco can be equally detrimental to your health. Tobacco increases your chances of contracting the disease. As is known, passive smoking can also affect your health adversely. Tobacco can be the potential cause behind cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, lungs, oral cavity and even the pancreas. It might harm your kidneys and cervix. It is upon you to quit tobacco at the earliest possible. One should also try and persuade friends and relatives to give up smoking.
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation: Complete abstinence from alcohol might not be possible if you have already been ushered into your work- life. The society might require you to be an occasional drinker. It is important to drink in moderation. Crossing the limit can propel consequences as serious as cancer of the stomach, pancreas, liver and the heart.
  3. A balanced and nutritious dietDeciding on a plant- based diet or a Mediterranean diet can aid your fight against the risk of cancer. A Mediterranean diet will involve green leafy vegetables, lots of fresh fruits, whole grains, mixed nuts, legumes and also the use of extra- virgin olive oil. Fish can be a safe bet but red meat should be avoided. One must also try to avoid processed meat as they tend to make you prone to the risk of cancer.
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  5. Sun protection: Caring for your skin doesn't arise from vanity. Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent kinds of cancer; the chances of this disease can be restricted by remaining in shade especially during midday, by wearing covered clothes and by using a good sunscreen lotion repeatedly while outside.
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  1. Microwave Popcorn: Most microwave popcorn bags are lined with c8, also known as Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), which increases the risk of certain cancers such as kidney, testicular, bladder, pancreas and liver cancer notably. Microwave popcorn also contains an artificial or synthetic butter flavoring called diacetyl, which is extremely toxic and obstructs breathing.
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  3. Processed/Grilled Red Meat: Processed meats such as sausages, prosciutto, bacon, pimento loaf, bologna, hot dog, etc., contain various chemicals and preservatives such as sodium nitrate. This is added to make the meat look fresh and appealing, but are, in fact, carcinogenic in nature. Moreover, you should also avoid grilling meat, since it releases a carcinogen known as heterocyclic aromatic amines, which is another dangerous food item that smoked meat contains as it picks up tar from the smoking process. 
  4. Farmed Salmon: It is imperative to avoid farmed salmon because they are fed unnatural diets that are contaminated with carcinogens, antibiotics, chemicals, pesticides and so on. They also harbor sea lice, 30 times greater in amount than wild salmon. High levels of PCBs, cancer causing dioxins, and mercury have been found in them. It is advisable to opt for wild sockeye salmon instead of farmed salmon.

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The most vital medical tools that are used in the diagnosis and management of pancreatic cystic lesions include the endoscopic ultrasound and cross sectional imaging. These are used to distinguish non-mucinous cysts from mucinous cysts. The identification of pancreatic cysts creates a lot of anxiety for the clinicians as well as the patients related to the probable presence of a fatal tumor. The findings of a macro cystic lesion that enclose viscous fluid loaded in CEA are helpful in the analysis of a mucinous lesion. 


The most common pancreatic cysts are the non-neoplastic inflammatory pseudo cysts, and they can be detected easily by imaging. The identification of pancreatic irregularity with probable association with malignant cells is a vital source of referral for the specialist. The set of guidelines that have been proposed for the management and diagnosis of patients with asymptomatic neoplastic pancreatic cysts are based specifically on the analysis of the quality of the data. It is also designed to address the most important and frequent clinical scenarios. The diagnostic suggestions are provided based on the clinical problem as well as the risk of malignancy.


Imperative Guidelines to Follow
To achieve accurate diagnosis of asymptomatic neoplastic pancreatic cysts is indeed a great challenge. It is all the more important to find the reproducible methods that can be used to stratify threat of cancer for the patients. The main guidelines include a two year screening interval of cysts that can be of any size as well as stopping observation after 5 years, in case there is no change.  The new guidelines, for the most part, recommend surgery if more than one concerning feature is confirmed on the MRI by use of endoscopic ultrasound. The new guidelines even suggest discontinuation of inspection after the surgery if no dysplasia or invasive cancer is identified. The guidelines have mainly been developed by use of Grading of Recomendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Homeopathic treatments heal a disorder by inducing diluted symptoms of the same disorder to treat it. There are treatments in homeopathy which are used in treating cancer. These treatments adopt multiple approaches to treating cancer such as inducing similar symptoms to treat the disorder or strengthening the elimination systems (kidney, liver and lymphatic system).

Some remedies used for treating cancer by following the principles of classical Homeopathy are-

1. Lapis Albus - This treatment is usually used in treating cases of breast cancer and malignant growths in the uterus.

2. Conium - Conium is used in treating cancers related to the genital area such as testicles and uterus.

3. Hecla lava - Hecla lava is used in the treatment of bone cancer.

4. Arsenicum - Arsenicum is used to treat almost all cancer-related disorders. It helps in easing symptoms of psychological fear that cancer patients have. It also detoxifies the body and eases the stress from the kidneys and nervous system.

5. Phytolacca - Phytolacca is used when malignant tumors occur in fat based tissues. They are also used in treating fibroids tumors in the uterus and hard tumors in the breast.

6. Condurango - Cancers related to the stomach respond well to this treatment. It is also helpful in treating symptoms of cancer that form in the epithelial cells of the body.

Table of Content

Tomatillo
Nutritional Value of Tomatillo
Health Benefits of Tomatillo
Good for your eyes
Fights cancer
Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Lowers blood pressure and helps to improve heart health
Helps boost body energy
Helps you to lose weight
Boosts body immunity
Treats influenza and lowers risks of tumor
Prevents anemia and prevents common cold
Uses of Tomatillo
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tomatillo
Cultivation of Tomatillo