Oct 10, 2008

Connection Between the Heart and Tomato

Is it really possible that the heart and tomato have an affinity for one another? A connection of sorts? According to the Doctrine of Signatures, described at the beginning of this post (click here), there may be. Take a look at the shape of the tomato, the shape of the heart, read on!

Tomatoes are red and have four chambers, just like the human heart. Scientists are suggesting that tomato lovers may be more likely to reduce the risk of serious disease. Lycopene, an anti oxidant which gives tomatoes their lovely rich red color, helps remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules and have been implicated in cancer and other serious diseases.

Professor Michael Avirim of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel who is testing lycopene in clinical trials says, ' In its natural form, lycopene is an excellent anti oxidant that helps to prevent formation of oxidized LDL, the 'bad' cholesterol in blood, which contributes to the build up of plaque that narrows, stiffens and constricts arteries and can lead to heart attacks. When this natural extract was added to cancer cell cultures, the lycopene inhibited their growth. Lycopene is the most potent nutritional antioxidant found to date.

Some of the information provided came from my favorite snack source, Wholefood Farmacy.

Updated 2/10/16

1 comment:

  1. I wonder, does this give real credence to the old saying, "you are what you eat"?

    I love fresh tomatoes - especially in pico di gallo. I use a lot of little grape tomatoes as garnish in my savory martinis too.

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