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Dr.Armughan Riaz
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Consultant Cardiologist


Tomato extract helps reduce blood pressure

Tomato extract helps reduce blood pressure. A daily dose of a tomato extract could lower blood pressure for people with moderate hypertension, reports research from Israel

Tomato extract helps reduce blood pressure

A daily dose of a tomato extract could lower blood pressure (BP) for people with moderate hypertension, reports research from Israel. It is not as widely known as one might think that there really is one great fruit that can lower blood pressure. Tomato has been proven, in recent Israeli studies to help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer later in life, and helps to keep your heart healthy and working as it should be. It is not completely understood as to why this has only just recently been discovered, as scientists have tested thousands of different types of fruit and vegetables to determine their potential health benefits and uses.

Tomatoes are easily available in market. You can buy them almost anywhere, and even some of the big brands of tomato sauce contain enough real tomatoes to be just as beneficial, although not in larger quantities as they also contain rather a lot of sugar (Glucose). Tomatoes are also anti-oxidents and also help to reduce the risk of most forms of cardiac diseases. Shocking that the Italians, who are well known for having a very low rate of heart disease cases reported, have been eating so many tomatoes for such a long time, and nobody has given attention to this.

Dr. Esther Paran led This study on the health benefits of tomatoes, She is the leading lady at the hypertension division of Soroka Medical Center. It was mostly a case study performed on patients suffering from high blood pressure, where other drugs had completely failed. Dr. Paran gave patients a dose of concentrated tomato essence, along with adding tomatoes into their diets, at least more than usual. The results were astonishing. Dr. Paran saw results fast, sometimes in as little as four or five weeks. This aqueous fruit definitely looks to be an almost miracle treatment, although it is not supposed to be a cure.

The natural presence of the chemical LycopeneThe is attributed to effectiveness of the tomato in lowering blood pressure. This is a very powerful anti-oxidant that has recently been extracted from 'hybrid' tomatoes that were grown in Israel, called the Lycomato, which were specifically grown to ensure higher concentrations of Lycopene, inside each and every piece of tomato. Lycopene is not the only anti-oxidant that is naturally present in tomatoes. The long list make tomatoes a 'super-food' in reference to lots of different potential heart conditions. While tomatoes may not necessarily lower cholesterol, if you eat them regularly, they can help to prevent LDL cholesterol from sticking to the inside walls of the arteries.

It can be difficult to consume four whole tomatoes each day even during the peak growing season, which is the recommended amount for having a positive impact on blood pressure. Without having to eat them straight off the vine,

Here are some ways to get the benefits of tomatoes.

1. A side salad can be taken With any food, as it does not add many calories. If you have one tomato, whole, sliced, it does not really matter how you eat, just that you do.

2. Tomato juice drinking is one of the best ways to cram as many tomatoes as you can into a juicer, making sure that you have a huge dose of the beneficial anti-oxidants.

3. Using tomato puree make Chilis, which is a concentrated form of tomatoes, as the base for your chili utilizes the antioxidants without the bulk of a whole tomato. Add some ultra-lean and high protein ground bison and kidney beans with minced garlic and onions, and cayenne pepper and you have a heart-healthy main course and a full day's allowance of tomato.

4. Eat pasta in a tomato sauce and take a leaf out of the Italian's book. Use olive oil to fry the onions and garlic, use tomato puree or paste to color the sauce, and use fresh and/or canned tomatoes to flavor and fill the sauce. Using this many tomato ingredients ensures that you will consume far more than the necessary amount of tomatoes and nearly ten times as many nutrients.

5. 200mg tomato supplement tablets. These are good for anybody that does not like the taste of tomatoes but still wants to use them as a medicine. When you take these tablets you are actually taking in more nutrients than you would if you ate the full recommended four tomatoes.

Having more tomatoes decreases systolic blood pressure by up to 10 points and diastolic blood pressure by up to 4 points. It has definitely become apparent that tomatoes are very, very beneficial for you and your well being, no matter how they are prepared, and in whatever combination and form.


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