The most interesting thing in tomatoes is lycopene, the antioxidant. Lycopene helps in removing the free radicals from the body and prevents the body from developing cancer. Lycopene boosts the skin's ability to protect itself from UV rays. It is also good to reduce bad cholesterol level and improves the good cholesterol level. A study conducted by dermatology department at Charite University, in Berlin, said that there is a link between lycopene-based supplements and smoothing agents for the skin.
To get the full benefit of tomato, a whole tomato should be eaten, says Dr Thomas Stuttaford, an expert in prostate cancer. The red and ripe tomatoes contain more amount of lycopene than the paler ones. Lycopene is the constituent that gives the red colour to the fruit. The cooked tomatoes contains more amount of lycopene because heating the tomato helps to release lycopene from the tomato cells.
The benefits of tomatoes include:
Tomatoes consumed in large amounts helps in improving the texture and colour of the skin.
Tomatoes are good blood purifiers.
They protect the liver from cirrhosis and also dissolves the gallstones in the gallbladder.
They act as natural antiseptic and prevents us from infections.
Tomatoes consists of vitamin K, which is helpful in preventing hemorrhages.
It reduces the risk of developing hypertension.
Vitamin A present in tomatoes helps in improving your vision.