The results of a study by scientists at Tufts University, Boston, USA, said that if the consumption of tomatoes can reduce the risk of heart disease. Lycopene is dye in tomatoes also acts as an antioxidant cardioprotective.
As quoted from the Daily Mail, the researchers revealed that lycopene intake on a regular basis over the years can provide a powerful effect on the heart. Previously, the researchers analyzed data collected for more than a decade. They observed lycopene intake on the cardiovascular system.
Researchers also compared the data from hundreds of patients who previously had been the object of research ‘Framingham Offspring Study’, which is also done in the United States. Each participant recorded their dietary patterns, including whether tomatoes or tomato products to be part of the diet is done.
The results, published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows if tomatoes or processed tomato products containing lycopene is high, which is consumed during the period of 11 years can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 26 percent.