November 12, 2008 8:02pm CST
Do you know that Eating tomatoes could help fight a painful womb condition that affects 2 million women in UK? Well, you better believe it. As recent studies have revealed that a tomato a day could help fight endometriosis, a painful womb condition affecting two million British women. Researchers have discovered that an antioxidant called lycopene - found in high concentrations in tomato products - may prevent the internal scarring caused by the disease. Experiments by U.S. scientists found lycopene cut by up to 90 per cent the chemical activity that leads to the build-up of scar tissue. Experts say a tomato a day, 8oz of tomato juice,150g of pasta sauce or one lycopene tablet a day is enough to raise levels of lycopene in the blood. There is no cure for endometriosis and it can damage the fertility of sufferers, who include singer Louise Redknapp and TV presenter Anthea Turner. The problem arises when cells normally found in the womb lining attach themselves to other parts of the pelvic area, causing scar tissue called adhesions, pain and inflammation. In a study, adhesive tissues such as those found in endometriosis were treated with lycopene in the laboratory. Lycopene is a nutrient that gives the red colour to tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit. Yes, lycopene is a wonder nutrient indeed. Just what is it? Lycopene has been credited to reducing wrinkles because it neutralizes free radicals that age the skin. It is also said to protect against osteoporosis, lungs, breast and prostate cancers. Cooked tomatoes are better and more beneficial than raw ones as it is believed that the heat will alter the Lycopene structure, enabling it to be more easily transported through the blood. Lycopene can also be found in papayas, rosehips and a Chinese fruit Gac, a kind of sweet gourd which is said to have the highest amount of Lycopene - 70 times than those found in tomatoes. So, for those of you who dislike taking tomatoes, I think it is time to think again of this wonder veggie. Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1084992/Eating-tomatoes-fights-painful-womb-condition-affecting-2-million-UK-women.html
13 Nov 08
I'm a tomoto lover even when I was still a kid. Anything that is cooked with tomato or anything with tomato, I will never refuse. As I grow older, I read an article about tomato. There are many nutrient in them no doubt about that but they are also high in cholesterol. Now I minimize my tomato intake. For your info, even though I been eating tomato for many years, I still gets endometriosis. Cheers
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13 Nov 08
lavender88, Sorry to know that you are stricken with endometriosis, but as the article has mentioned I think you may need to take a tomato a day as an additional alternative medication for your condition. It is indeed nutritious and certainly a better alternative to medicines. After all, it is a natural source without any added additives. I am not sure it being high cholesterol but I am sure it is a needed good cholesterol. Hope that this insight might be helpful to you. Take care.