One Vegetable Fights Cholesterol…and Wins

Lycopene, the unique antioxidant in tomatoes that’s famous for reducing prostate cancer risk, may also help drop elevated cholesterol, reports a study conducted by University of Adelaide scientists. They found that habitual consumption of lycopene-rich foods like tomatoes and papayas was as effective as low-dose statins for cholesterol reduction.

They note that lycopene is particularly effective at combating “bad” LDL cholesterol. The researchers estimate that lycopene can lower LDL cholesterol by about 10 percent. You can reach your 25 mg daily target of lycopene by eating a half a can of tomato paste, two raw tomatoes or one glass of tomato juice. Processed tomato products like tomato paste contain significantly more lycopene than raw tomatoes, and have more sodium, so fresh is best.

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4 comments

  1. Of course, I love tomatoes because they are a good part of Italian. Thenk you for ALL of the wonderful research you do. It is awesome and I do thank you!!!!

  2. I was not aware that lycopene came from tomatos, but I heard that the best way to eat tomatoes it is when it is cooked. I have exercising regularly at http://www.biscayneboxing.com to reduce my cholestrol, because exercise is also a component to reduce heart clogger.

  3. thanx for the 411–you actually give “dosage”, recipes even. I’m loving this.

  4. I like this blog as it gives various tips on natural health. However, I don’t believe such thing as lowering cholesterol.

    People have been believing that cholesterol is bad and that it is the cause of heart disease. If you believe in that kind of thing, you are actually believing a medical study flaw decades ago.

    What really causes heart disease is not cholesterol, but inflammation in your blood vessels.

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