Are you getting enough lycopene? You can get a healthy dose of this powerful antioxidant by eating a green salad and fresh chopped tomatoes. This will also help lower your blood pressure. Recent double-blind Israeli research has shown that tomatoes (and tomato sauce), lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
The Israeli study was led by Dr. Esther Paran (head of the hypertension section at Soroka Medical Center). Patients who had been treated for hypertension and were not responding to medication were included in the study. Dr. Paran recommended that patients use a supplement made from tomato extract. After just four weeks, the results showed a significant drop of blood pressure.
Lycopene is a key ingredient in tomatoes that lower blood pressure. Lycopene is the main ingredient in some hybrid tomatoes that Lycomato has grown. This allows for higher levels of lycopene per piece. This superfood is also rich in antioxidants that help prevent heart disease. It may even prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, which causes it to stick to the arteries and narrows the passageway, causing blood pressure rise.
It can be hard to eat four whole tomatoes per day even during peak season. This is the recommended daily intake for a healthy blood pressure. These are some of the ways you can reap the health benefits of tomatoes, without actually eating them off the vine.
1. Chili. Make chili with tomato puree. This is a concentrated version of tomatoes. You can make a heart-healthy main dish with ultra-lean, high-protein ground bison and kidney bean mixtures.
2. Olive oil is a good oil for tomatoes. To saute garlic and onions, add tomatoes, tomato paste, and olive oil to your pasta sauce. Sauce made from tomato paste contains 10 times more nutrients than a single tomato.
3. As a side dish, add a salad to one of the entrees. Slice one tomato on top. This will give you one-quarter of your daily tomato intake.
4. Drink tomato juice. You can reduce sodium by making your own juice. Juices bought from stores can contain high levels of sugar and sodium-based additives. You can create amazing vegetable juices with a juicer by adding celery, carrots, and other low-sodium seasonings.
5. Take a tomato supplement. A 200mg supplement is recommended for those who can’t eat tomatoes.
As demonstrated in the Israel study, adding tomatoes to your diet can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures by 10 points each. No matter how you slice it tomatoes will continue to strengthen your immune system while lowering blood pressure.