Tomatoes Can Prevent Heart Attacks
Once attacks, heart and blood vessel disease can be deadly, so prevention would be far better than treatment. Eating tomatoes is included as a preventive measures, because the fruit is proven to be good for heart health.
One of the nutrients contained in tomatoes is 9-oxo-oktadekadioneat, a compound capable of treating dyslipidemia, or abnormal levels of fat in the blood. Abnormal levels of fat in the blood vessels is a risk factor for heart attack.
“Dyslipidemia often have no symptoms. However, if left unchecked, this condition can lead to serious disorders like arteriosclerosis and cirrhosis,” said Dr. Teruo Kawada from Kyoto University, according to Indiavision.
Arteriosclerosis is an inflammation of blood vessels triggered by excess fat that eventually form a plaque on blood vessel walls. Meanwhile, cirrhosis is a chronic inflammation in the liver which would exacerbate disorders of fat metabolism.
A research conducted by Dr. Teruo shows 9-oxo-oktadekadioneat content in tomatoes may help fat metabolism regulation in the liver. In the form of acid, these compounds can neutralize the excess fat in the bloodstream and prevent heart attacks.
However, Dr Teruo still recommends setting a healthy diet if you want to be free from the risk of heart attack. Eating tomatoes will be useless if you still eat foods that contain lots of cholesterol.
Results of the study were published in the Molecular Nutrition and Food Research journal recently.
Besides good for the heart, tomato is also known as a source of antioxidants. This compound is able to ward off free radicals which is the trigger for various health problems including cancer and premature aging.