tomatoes for prostate

Tomatoes for Prostate Health (And Best Way To Get The Benefits)

by Kelley Herring on December 6, 2012

Eating more tomatoes is one of the tasty steps men can take to promote a healthier prostate.

According to the results from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study – an 8 year prospective study of more than 47,000 health professionals – those getting the most lycopene in their diet had a 21% reduced risk of prostate cancer compared with those getting the least.

And participants eating the most tomatoes and tomato products (which accounted for 82% of total lycopene intake) had a 35% reduced risk of prostate cancer and a 53% reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer than those with the lowest intakes.

Tomatoes for Prostate Health: Reduce Inflammation and Fight Free Radicals

While lycopene is a potent free-radical fighter, researchers have recently discovered a new way that it may protect the prostate. And like many other chronic diseases it has to do with inflammation.

In a recent study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal, researchers found that lycopene reduced androgens as well as inflammatory factors called cytokines -both which contribute to the growth and development of prostate cancer.

Getting The Most

To get the most benefits of lycopene, try these tomato tricks. First, cooked tomato products are higher in lycopene, so tomato paste, tomato juice and tomato sauce are better ways to up the potency of this protector. And second, lycopene is lipophilic -or fat loving – meaning your body will get more benefit if you eat it will some healthy fat like olive oil.

About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.

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