Food & Eating / Nutrition & Health / September 17, 2014

Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer

By Charles Platkin, PhD

More Research Shows that Fight Prostate

Eat 10 portions of tomatoes each week and reduce your chances of prostate cancer by 18 percent, say researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford. The researchers reviewed “the diets and lifestyle of 1,806 men aged between 50 and 69 with prostate cancer and compared with 12,005 cancer-free men.”

This result is thought to be due to the effects of lycopene, an antioxidant that fights off toxins that can cause DNA and cell damage. 

The bottom line, more than likely, is that something in tomatoes is associated with a reduction in risk of prostate cancer, and it can’t hurt for men to include a few fresh, low-calorie tomatoes in their regular diets. Also keep in mind, research has shown that cooking tomatoes with a bit of oil leads to increased bioavailability of lycopene.

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