The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Native cultures across the globe have long known the health benefits of the versatile tomatoes. It is a powerhouse of nutrients, which when added to our meals tends to rev up the health quotient.

Health Benefits:

• Lycopene (a carotenoid with potent antioxidant properties) in tomatoes fights free radical cellular damage and is lined with improvement in bone health.

• The antioxidant treasure in tomatoes also includes flavonols, glycosides and fatty acids derivatives which work wonders as a cardiovascular aid. They reduce the oxidative stress in heart tissues and improve the flow of oxygen across the bloodstream.

• Besides the phytonutrient content, being rich in Vitamin C and E helps tomatoes excel as a regulator of fat metabolism.

• Eating tomatoes or adding tomato extracts in any diet is shown to bring down the levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol.

• Tomato also contains Vitamin A which is good for the skin whitening and immunity system, and dietary fiber which keeps the blood sugar levels in control.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

The List of Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

1. Anti-agent Aid: Reduce wrinkles and enlarges pores. Apply a tomato pulp and honey face pack.


2. Astringent Power: Use freshly extracted tomato juice as a natural astringent and apply on the face and neck. Add a teaspoon of milk or curd for it to act as a cleanser for normal to dry skin. For oily skin, go for lime juice with tomato juice instead of milk.


3. Acne, Rashes and Blackheads Remover: Slice up a tomato and apply gently on the face to remove blackheads. Mash a ripened tomato and apply it on the acne spots, leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it away with clean water to witness a visible reduction of acne and skin rashes within a week of regular application.


4. Sunburn Remedy: Tomatoes are effective as a natural remedy for reddening of skin and nasty sunburns. A cooling tomato face wash with 2 teaspoon of tomato juice and 3-4 tablespoon of buttermilk cleanses the dirt and removes sunburn.

Be sure to include the incredible tomato in the daily diet as salads, soups or in sandwiches and vegetables for healthier skin, stronger bones and a reduced risk towards skin cancer and heart ailments.

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Tomato Cups Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Ripe tomato (medium sized) 4
  • Sprouted moong ½ cups
  • Chopped carrots, cauliflower and French beans ½ cup
  • Boiled peas 2 tbsp
  • Fresh paneer or parmesan cheese 3 tbsp
  • Spices and oil, as desired

Method:

• Scoop out the tomato pulp. Sprinkle salt, red chili powder and little sugar in tomato cups.

• Sauté chopped veggies, sprouts, peas and paneer lightly in olive oil. Add the tomato pulp and stir for a minute. Add desired spices (powder).

• Fill the tomato cups with the healthy mixture and bake on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

SOURCE: B-Positive Health Magazine

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