Last night after I came home from church I had three ripe sliced tomatoes with curry powder. In thinking about what I ate last night this morning, I grew curious about what type of nutritional benefits I received from the tomatoes. Here are three:
As many health experts know, lycopene is a powerful antioxidant which helps maintain the fluidity, thickness, and strength of our cell membranes. In being responsible for monitoring what goes in and out of our cells, they permit good nutrients to come in and prevent cellular junk and toxins from gaining entry. The beneficial effect that lycopene has on our cell membranes is important because cell membranes play a vital role in precluding disease. In their discussing of lycopene, FitDay notes that it is supposedly a more effective antioxidant than other carotenids such as beta-carotene.
2. Vitamin C.
There’s a lot of great hype about vitamin C, and the popularity of this element is warranted. In discussing the great benefits of vitamin C, Medline Plus notes that the vitamin is water-soluble and plays an integral role in facilitating normal development and growth. In fact, vitamin C is required for the repair and growth of our tissues. It is used to form a protein that makes our skin, ligaments, blood vessels, and ligaments. It also heals wounds, forms scar tissue, and repairs and maintains bones, cartilage, and teeth.
3. Vitamin K.
In discussing the health benefits of vitamin K, The World’s Healthiest Foods notes several of the great things that it does. Some of them include protecting our bones from fracture, preventing the calcification of our arteries, permitting our blood to clot normally, preventing postmenopausal bone loss, and providing protection against prostate and liver cancer. (While tomatoes have an ample amount of vitamin K, you can also find this important nutrient in kale, spinach, collard greens, and swiss chard.)
As made plain by the information listed above, tomatoes are a nutritionally dense food that afford our minds and bodies a variety of wonderful health benefits that can help us function at optimal levels. If you’re serious about getting healthy, think of all the cool ways that you can eat tomatoes. In addition to monomealing, you can slice them over salad or make a healthy dip out of cashews and seasoning and eat them with the dip. Good luck! :)
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