A healthy diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, is always recommended for general health. But if tomatoes abound, you are likely to lower your risk of stroke. The tomato contains a powerful antioxidant substance. Are a treat for the palate. What if in addition to pleasing the stomach all those dishes protect you from suffering a stroke also known as stroke?

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These include avoiding excessive drinking controlling blood pressure and blood cholesterol keeping diabetes at bay exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet low in fat and salt. A study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. Published in the journal Neurology seems to associate the consumption of tomatoes as well as tomato-based dishes with a reduced risk of developing strokes.

According to researchers, the cause could be that tomatoes are rich in lycopene a substance in the family of arytenoids with antioxidant properties, which gives the tomato its characteristic red color. The researchers examined lycopene levels in more than a thousand men between the ages of 46 and 65 at the start of the study and followed for an average of twelve years. During the follow-up period, 67 of the men had a stroke. Participants were divided into four groups.

According to the results of the study, the group with the highest levels of lycopene was 55% less likely to have a stroke (11 out of 259 participants) than the group with the lowest levels of lycopene (25 strokes out of 258 participants). But when the researchers focused only on strokes caused by blood clots, the results were even more interesting. Men with the highest levels of lycopene were 59% less likely to have a stroke than men with the lowest levels. The study appears to demonstrate a relationship between higher concentrations of lycopene in the blood and a reduction in the incidence of stroke.

By the way, researchers also looked at levels of other antioxidants (including alpha carotenes, beta carotenes, alpha tocopherol and retinol), but found no relationship between these compounds in the blood and the likelihood of stroke. According to a press release from the American Academy of Neurology the study’s author adds that the result adds to evidence that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke. His recommendation is that people consume more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, including tomato and special foods that contain it, such as juices and sauces. Keep in mind that the more ripe the tomato the more lycopene it contains.

Other Benefits of Rich Tomato

In addition to its association with the reduction of strokes, the tomato seems to have other benefits in the organism. According to studies by the Illinois Institute of Technology tomatoes could lower the risk of some cardiovascular diseases certain cancers and osteoporosis. This is because other studies have not found these benefits consistently.

Well, you already know how to play your part to improve your health and reduce the risk of stroke: monitor your diet, control your blood pressure and your cholesterol stay physically active and eat a lot of tomato!