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Monday, December 8, 2014

Eat 10 servings of tomatoes a week potent prevent prostate cancer

Tomatoes would have been familiar to people of Indonesia. The food is not only healthy, but it also can prevent one type of cancer that is feared by men, namely prostate cancer.

A recent study revealed that components in tomatoes may help reduce the risk of men developing prostate cancer. The components include lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid that gives the red color to tomatoes. Lycopene has been known to improve blood vessel function and prevent heart disease.


Based on the study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol revealed that men who ate 10 servings of tomatoes or more within a week have a reduced risk of prostate cancer by 18 percent. The study, led by Vanessa Er was conducted on 1,806 men with prostate cancer at the age of 50-69 years and compared them with 12 005 men who did not have cancer.

"Tomatoes are important for the prevention of prostate cancer. However, more research needs to be done to confirm this research," wrote the researchers, as reported by the Daily Health Post (5/12).

Although tomatoes are known to lower the risk of prostate cancer, but men should still eat other vegetables and fruits to get balanced nutrition. In addition, researchers also cautioned him to avoid eating too many processed tomato products such as tomato sauce, pizza, and more.

Although made of tomatoes, but the processed products must have been mixed with other material that is not healthy such as salt, sugar, fat, and others. The researcher also explained that in addition to tomatoes, vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber can also be taken to reduce the risk of cancer.

In addition to eating tomatoes, researchers also reveal other ways to prevent prostate cancer, among others, is to consume black tea. Drinking black tea and eat carrots are known to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 20 to 30 percent.

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