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Benefits of Tomato And Its Side Effects

Tomatoes have a wide range of beneficial effects due to the presence of a number of nutrients. They are rich in anti-oxidants that have anti-carcinogenic properties. Consumption of tomatoes helps to improve digestion and blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels in blood, detoxify body, prevent premature aging, improve fluid balance and reduce inflammation. This vegetable also prevents diabetes, skin problems and urinary tract infections and helps to improve eyesight and stomach health. It even works to reduce blood sugar levels.

Benefits of Tomato And Its Side Effects

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Tomato
Nutritional Value of Tomato
Health Benefits of Tomato
Helps prevent cancer
Counters the bad effects of smoking
Takes care of your heart
Helps improve vision
Good for your skin
Improves digestive health
Good for diabetics
Reduces high blood pressure
Helps prevent urinary tract infections
Helps prevent gallstones
Uses of Tomato
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tomato
Cultivation of Tomato

Tomato

Tomato or Solanum lycopersium is generally categorized as a vegetable even if technically it is a fruit. It is the berry of a plant from the nightshade family and is native to South America. Tomatoes not only add flavor to your food but also benefits your health due to the presence of essential nutrients. It grows in clusters of small to moderate size and round, red fruits. The flesh of this vegetable is soft and pinkish red and it tastes a bit sweet. It is a pertinent part of the cuisine of different cultures across the world and particularly so in the Mediterranean region.

Nutritional Value of Tomato

The water content in tomato is 95% while the rest 5 % consists of carbohydrates and fiber. Tomatoes contain good quantities of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K while other vitamins like vitamin B6, folate and thiamine are also present. Minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and phosphorus are present in tomatoes. This vegetable also contains dietary fiber and protein and a number of other organic compounds like lycopene which are extremely beneficial for our health.

Health Benefits of Tomato

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

Helps prevent cancer

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants that act against the harmful free radicals in our body that can cause cancer. Tomatoes contain polyphenol which is a plant compound and it is effective in preventing prostate cancer. The beta-carotenes in tomatoes also have anti-carcinogenic effects.

Counters the bad effects of smoking

Smoking can cause lung cancer. Including tomatoes in your diet plan will help to prevent this dangerous illness due to the abundance of Vitamin A. Nitrosamines are the main carcinogens that are present in cigarettes. Coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, found in tomatoes, help to offset the harmful effects of these carcinogens.

Takes care of your heart

Consumption of tomatoes is good for your heart due to the presence of fiber, choline, Vitamin C and potassium. Maintaining a high potassium to sodium ratio is instrumental in prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The fiber content in this vegetable regulates the homocysteine levels in blood. Excess homocysteine can lead to higher risks of heart attacks and strokes. Regular intake of tomatoes helps to reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in blood and thus protect us from cardiovascular diseases.

Helps improve vision

Vitamin A is a powerful anti-oxidant that acts against the harmful free radicals which can cause damage to our eyes. Thus Vitamin A helps to guard against macular degeneration and night blindness and improves our vision in general.

Good for your skin

A deficiency of Vitamin C can be bad for your skin as it becomes vulnerable to damage from sunlight, pollution and smoke. Your skin might develop wrinkles, or you may have sagging skin full of blemishes. Vitamin C prevents these conditions from developing as it facilitates the production of collagen which is an essential component of skin, hair, nails and connective tissue.

Improves digestive health

Tomatoes contain healthy amounts of fiber which add bulk to the stool and thereby ensures its smooth movement through the digestive tract. This prevents constipation and other complications. The fiber content helps to release gastric and digestive juices and even helps to stimulate the peristaltic motion in the smooth digestive muscles. This helps to regulate bowel movements and prevent conditions like colorectal cancer.

Good for diabetics

The effect of tomatoes on diabetes is two-fold. People suffering from Type-1 diabetes have lower blood sugar levels when they consume high fiber products like tomatoes. On the other hand, people with Type 2 diabetes experience an increase in blood sugar, insulin and lipids on consuming the same vegetable.

Reduces high blood pressure

Tomatoes contain potassium which is a vasodilator which reduces pressure in blood vessels and arteries. This helps to increase blood circulation and this lowers stress on your heart and so eliminates the risks of hypertension.

Helps prevent urinary tract infections

Tomato has diuretic properties which facilitate the formation of urine in our body. This helps to eliminate the toxic substances as well as excess water, salts and uric acid. This reduces the incidence of ailments like urinary tract infections and bladder cancer.

Helps prevent gallstones

Incorporating tomatoes in your diet will help prevent occurrence of gallstones. This is due to the presence of a number of essential vitamins, minerals and proteins in this vegetable.

Uses of Tomato

The fruit, leaf and vine of tomato are used to make to medicine. Tomato juice acts as an astringent and helps improve facial texture. Application of tomato juice on your skin helps to make it oil-free and helps to keep it fresh for longer. This vegetable is also an important ingredient in beauty treatments and can treat acne, sunburn and dull skin. Tomatoes also help to improve hair health. Tomatoes are pertinent fixtures in the cuisines of many countries. They can be had raw or cooked in a wide variety of ways. They are widely used in the preparation of salads and sauces.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Tomato

Too much consumption of tomatoes can cause tomato leaf poisoning in some people. A few symptoms of this poisoning are irritation of throat and mouth, dizziness and it may sometimes even cause death. Due to their acidic nature, too much consumption of tomatoes might cause acid reflux. Tomatoes not grown organically might have the high levels of pesticide residue. Tomatoes contain potassium and high potassium levels in blood can impair kidney function. So it is advisable to consume tomatoes in moderation.

Cultivation of Tomato

Tomatoes originated in Central and South Americas and was introduced to Europe by the Spaniards in the 16th century. It is believed that tomatoes evolved from the prehistoric Nightshade plant over millions of years ago in South America. It is also believed that tomatoes were brought to Italy from Mexico by two Jesuit priests. The Aztecs first used tomatoes for cooking. At some point of time the Europeans considered them to be poisonous due to their shiny texture.

Tomato is a warm season crop and grows best under an average monthly temperature of 21-23 degrees centigrade. Both long periods of rain and long dry spells are harmful for the growth and fruiting of the plant. The tomato is a very versatile plant and can grow on almost all varieties of soil from light sandy to heavy clay. A pH range of 6-7 is also required.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 52 years old male. Today I read the articles of benefits of tomatoes. I want to know that eating tomatoes raw will be more beneficial or boiling or semi boiling. I am also having problem of low pressure of flow of urine. Pl suggest.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Eating raw tomatoes are more beneficial because, the nutrients are not lost when not cooked. Regarding low pressure of flow of urine, it may be due to prosrate enlargement which is common in gents after 50 years of age. Take out an U/S scan of the pelvis for assessment of prostrate gland enlargement and revert back with the reports for further treatment.

What type of food we should eat in the summer session mostly that maintain our health easily everyday?

M.sc in dietetics and community nutrittion management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
You can include curd/yogurt,coconut water,watermelon,cucumber,mint,green veggies,melons,lime water,ice cream etc

Recently I have got Viral Fever with joints pains took medication by doctor but after 1 and half month till my joint pains are not gone, now its very severe in Ankles and wrist joints finger bends and knees too. Now my RA factor is negative and ESR under control but still. My age is 52 now on doctor advice using Rumalaya Fort and Dolonext DT morning and evening using but on eating tomato, lemon, tamarind and oily food my pains are very severe and even in cold too. What has to be done to avoid or any further lab test to find the cause.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
It might be due to ankle pain. Our suggestion would be to do hot water fermentation along with Cold (ice) therapy. You shall also keep a pillow under the knee while sleeping, next is you can keep ice in the painful area for about 5--10 minutes. If your pain is more in the distal joints, ie. In the upper limbs if the pain is present in the fingers/wrist and in the lower limbs it the pain is present in the toes/ ankle, then we shall definitely say it is Rheumatic arthritis. Wear elbow brace and wrist brace which will make her to feel warm and that will make the joints become firm. Hot water fermentation will help Knee cap will also help to prevent the damaged cartilages.

I AM A HEALTHY YOUNG MAN OF 32, WEIGHT 80 KG, MARRIED SINCE JANUARY 2017. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PERFORM FULL SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH MY WIFE DUE TO SLOW ERECTION PROBLEM WHICH I WAS UNAWARE BEFORE AND AFTER MARRIAGE TOO AND THE PROBLEM CAME FORTH DURING THE SEXUAL ACTIVITY ONLY. I HAVE NO OTHER PROBLEM. FOR THE LAST 1 AND 1 1/2 MONTHS, I HAVE STARTED TAKING A WALK FOR 40-45 MINUTES, YOGA AND SIMPLE EXERCISES IN GYM. KINDLY SUGGEST SOMETHING SO THAT I COULD PERFORM PERFECT SEXUAL ACT WITH MY WIFE. I CAN SEND TO YOU MY REPORTS FROM LAL PATH ON THE SUGGESTION OF A UROLOGIST AND ANOTHER BY THYROCARE. HERE I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION THAT I HAD A REGULAR DESK JOB FOR 8 HOURS WHICH FREQUENTLY KEEPS ME SITTING ON DESK FOR STRAIGHT 4-5 HOURS SOMETIMES, THE DOCTOR OF IHBAS AND NEUROLOGIST/ENNDOLOGIST SUGGESTED FOR NORMAL EXERCISES (INCLUDING YOGA) AFTER CHECKING THE REPORTS AS REGULAR SITTING AT ONE PLACE AFFECTS THE MUSCLES AND NERVES NEAR THE PELVIC REGION AND NEAR THE PENIS REGION. THESE EXERCISES HAVE REGULARLY BEEN DONE NOW SINCE LAST 2 MONTHS. I DO NOT SMOKE OR TAKE DRINKS OR ANY SUCH OTHER THING KINDLY SUGGEST WHAT ELSE NEEDS TO BE DONE APART FROM SUCH ACTIVITIES AND ALSO, HOW CAN THE DURATION OF SEXUAL ACTIVITY BE INCREASED DURING INTERCOURSE AS THE MAIN PROBLEM EARLIER WAS ABOUT ERECTION AND THE TIME DURATION OF ERECTION WHICH IS GRADUALLY SHOWING A BIT OF IMPROVEMENT AFTER MEDICATION AND EXERCISES. ALSO, KINDLY SUGGEST ABOUT LONGER ERECTION TIME FRAME FOR BETTER SATISFACTION WHICH ALSO INCLUDES INCREASED DURATION OF EJACULATION AFTER SEXUAL PERFORMANCE/INTERCOURSE. My another question is of penis size issue which I feel would be a hindrance as normally, I had heard about sex being enjoyed with a penis of 6 inches or more during erection. Kindly share how the erection time could last long and a quick erection measures and if a penis size helps in better sex satisfaction? Are just normal exercises at home like yoga and walk/run would help and if I need any medication for penis size increase and erection process to be longer? Please suggest if I should share my test results too which were done in a medical institution.

MBBS, MD - Community Medicine, CCIP
Sexologist, Ranchi
HI lybrate-user, you have started the right treatment. One addition would be to do Kegels exercise! they are known to increase the stamina and help making perineal muscles strong. Stick on the healthy diet with emphasis on having raw tomatoes in your diet. I would also like to know about the medications being prescribed before commenting further. For more details do consult online.
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Hi, blood ki kami dur kaise kre or health bhi nhi ban rhi. Blood ki kami h, pet m stone h, appendix infection h, .to family planning kre to koi problem to nhi aayegi.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
First correct blood ki kami do Spinach, beet root, tomato, pomegranate, apple, (green) dates,soybean, egg, whole grain atta, honey, nuts, raisins ,almond lemon sprouts, pea nut Beet root juice+ apple juice + ginger + lemon medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat.

Popular Health Tips

Health Benefits of Tomato

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad

Eating lots of tomatoes, any way you can, is a great thing. This fruit that acts like a vegetable is loaded with health properties

  1. Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lute in, and lycopene. These carotenoids may have individual benefits, but also have synergy as a group (that is, they interact to provide health benefits).

2. In particular, tomatoes contain awesome amounts of lycopene, thought to have the highest antioxidant activity of all the carotenoids.

3.Tomatoes contain all three high-powered antioxidants: beta-carotene (which has vitamin A activity in the body), vitamin E, and vitamin C. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report, What We Eat in America, noted that a third or us get too little vitamin C and almost half get too little vitamin A.

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8 Benefits Of Tomatoes!

MD -Internal Medicine
Ayurveda, Pune
8 Benefits Of Tomatoes!

Whether you consider tomato as a fruit or vegetable, it has a lot of benefits that can make a person healthier and fit. It is usually regarded as a salad that you may or may not want to eat as compared to other vegetables. However, Tomatoes, because of their helpful phytochemicals, such as lycopene, help in preventing a number of cancers and convey other medical advantages as well.

Read more to know the benefits proffered by tomatoes:

  1. Prevents cancer: As a magnificent source of vitamin C and different cell reinforcements, tomatoes can battle the development of abnormal cells that cause cancer. Lycopene is known to prevent prostate tumor. Epidemiologists recommend the consumption of tomato as it helps lower the possibility of prostate cancer. High fiber content present in tomatoes, that to when consumed in a raw form are know bring down the risk of colorectal cancer to some extent as per certain studies published.
  2. Blood pressure: Low sodium consumption keeps circulatory strain solid. Tomatoes are rich in potassium that helps in the same.
  3. Heart’s well-being: The fibre, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in tomatoes all bolster the heart’s well-being. An expansion in potassium, as well as a reduction in sodium, is the most essential dietary change that an individual can make to lessen their danger of cardiovascular diseases. Tomatoes additionally contain folic corrosive, which keeps the homocysteine levels under control. It reduces the risk of heart diseases.
  4. Diabetes: Tomatoes help bring down the blood sugar level in people with type1 diabetes. Whereas, people with type 2 diabetes may have enhanced glucose, lipids and insulin levels. One measure of cherry tomatoes gives around 2 grams of fibre and helps them keep their levels neutralized.
  5. Constipation: Eating foods that are high in water substance and fibre like tomatoes can help with hydration and advance normal solid discharge. Fibre adds mass to stool and is important for bowel movement.
  6. Eye health: Tomatoes are a rich sources of lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene, which are intense cancer prevention agents. They have been helpful in protecting the eyes against harm related to the advancement of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  7. Skin: Collagen, a fundamental part of the skin, hair, nails and connective tissue, is dependent on vitamin C. An inadequacy of vitamin C leads to certain skin problems. As vitamin C is a capable cancer prevention agent, a low intake can affect the skin and cause harm as our skin is often exposed to UV rays, infections and smoke. This usually results in wrinkles, hanging skin, blemishes and other antagonistic skin diseases.
  8. PregnancyA good amount of folic acid needs to be present before and during pregnancy to ensure the good health of the infant inside the mother’s womb. And, this can be found in good quantities in tomatoes.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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8 illnesses TOMATOES protect you from

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bundi
8 illnesses TOMATOES protect you from
8 health benefits of tomatoes

Tomatoes are integral part of indian cooking and diet. This sweet-sour fruit, which is used as a vegetable, has multiple health benefits. It helps build immunity against several ailments because of its rich nutrient content.

8 health problems tomatoes will guard you against.

1) cancer - tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin c. They help fight the formation of free radicals that are said to cause cancer.
2) blood pressure - while someone suffering from blood pressure needs to lower their sodium level, it is also a good idea to increase the level of potassium in the blood. This can be done by eating tomatoes.
3) heart - tomatoes have fiber, potassium and vitamin c, all of which are very good for the heart.
4) diabetes - tomatoes are good for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. Type 1 patients are known to have lower blood glucose level because of the fiber intake and type 2 patients can improve insulin, lipids and blood sugar levels with tomato consumption.
5) skin - tomatoes act as one of the best anti-tan solutions for the skin. It has vitamin c which is essential for collagen which in turn is the skin's support system. The vitamin c acts as an antioxidant which helps prevent damages caused by sun, smoke and pollution. It also smoothes wrinkles, improving overall skin health.
6) constipation: one should eat food that is high in fiber and water content. Tomato is just the kind of food. It adds bulk to the stool, keeps us hydrated and facilitates regular bowel movements.
7) pregnancy - pregnant women are advised to consume tomatoes due to its rich iron, vitamin c and folic acid reserves. Folic acid from the fruit protects the newborn from neural tube defects.
8) depression - tomatoes are known to help in depression. The folic acid in tomatoes prevents homocysteine, (that prevents blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain), from forming in excess in the body. Due to this control, mood is regulated and sleep & appetite are normalised.

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Table of Content

Tomato
Nutritional Value of Tomato
Health Benefits of Tomato
Helps prevent cancer
Counters the bad effects of smoking
Takes care of your heart
Helps improve vision
Good for your skin
Improves digestive health
Good for diabetics
Reduces high blood pressure
Helps prevent urinary tract infections
Helps prevent gallstones
Uses of Tomato
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tomato
Cultivation of Tomato