Tomatoes—fresh, cooked, and juiced—protect against chronic illnesses and promote physical activity, according to research.
10% of 65-year-old Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a kind of dementia that impairs memory, thinking, and behavior.3 It has no treatment and worsens with time.
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other major illnesses.
One assessment of 25 trials found that a high consumption of lycopene—and high blood levels of the antioxidant—reduced the incidence of heart disease by 14%.
Constipation may result from a lack of fluid and fiber, which tomatoes give.
14.7% of American people have type 2 diabetes, and 38% have prediabetes.
Tomato antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene fight cancer. They prevent cancer-causing DNA damage in cells and kill cancer cells.
Tomato antioxidants may reduce protein degradation from exercise. Athletes who drank 3.5 ounces of tomato juice post-workout for two months recovered faster.
A 12-week trial compared 190 grams (about 7 ounces) of tomato juice to an antioxidant pill or a placebo in male infertility patients.