Recent studies have found that a glass of tomato juice protects against breast cancer. Tomato juice helps produce a hormone which is thought to protect our body from these kinds of diseases.
Women should drink tomato juice daily. Just one glass of this juice contains sufficient amount of lycopene, a substance which is believed to protect against breast cancer. This hormone is involved in regulating the blood fat levels even above the normal weight, which in turn increase the risk of cancer.
Tomatoes are the best source of lycopene, although small amounts of this substance can also be found in the guava, apricots and pink grapefruit. The study, conducted at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has also shown that tomatoes can potentially prevent breast cancer.
This study included 70 women of over 55 years of age whose hormone levels were measured before and after increasing the tomato consumption over a period of ten weeks. All women included in the study had higher risk of breast cancer because of the increased weight or close relations to someone previously diagnosed with the disease.
The lycopene intake – a chemical that gives tomato its red colour – was increased, which consequently raised the level of the hormone adiponectin by 9 %! The results were even more significant with thinner women emphasizing the need to fight excess weight.
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