Tomatoes And Cancer


Many people may wonder that how to eat tomatoes to fight cancer. According to nutritionists, tomatoes contain a variety of nutrients which are needed by the human body. They are rich in vitamins, carotene, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and other a variety of minerals. It is already proved by scientists that cooked tomatoes can truncate the growth of cancer cells in the body. Also, the lycopene can substantially reduce the characteristics of adhesion and invasion of prostate cancer. They can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells, or even kill those cells. Scientists have found the way of cancer cells spreading quickly by “hijacking” the nutrients needed for the growth of healthy cells. They also found that the influence of lycopene on this process. It is found that lycopene can interfere with cancer cells’ “blood-sucking” functionality and cut off the nutrients required by cancer cells for spreading.


This simple chemical reactions just occur at the location where a large of lycopene is accumulated. Consumption of cooked tomatoes can bring a large amount of lycopene for your body. Currently the testing is only done in a laboratory test tube, and further testing was also needed to confirm. Of course, the fact is very clear: consumption of cooked tomatoes can interfere with the growth of cancer cells. It is also found that people who keep consuming 14 ounces (400 grams) of cooked tomatoes daily in two consecutive weeks can increase their lycopene content in blood and semen significantly. The key issue is how to make sufficient amounts of lycopene accumulated in specified locations in the body.

According to the test, cooked tomatoes have better nutritional values than raw tomatoes. You do not need to worry about the possibility of nutrients loss during the cooking process of tomatoes. This is because the nutrients can be effectively protected by organic acids and vitamin P contained in tomatoes. Due to the fact that tomato skin contains a large amount of lycopene, so it is advised that tomatoes should be consumed with skin together. Immature green Tomatoes contain toxins so that they should not be consumed in raw. It is suggested that people should eat three or four serving of processed tomato products weekly to protect the health of prostate.

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