Tomatoes liver cancer risk

Consuming Tomatoes May Reduce Liver Cancer Risk: Study

The latest research findings suggest that high consumption of tomatoes may reduce the risk of liver cancer. The study was conducted on mice, and it found that tomatoes are rich in an antioxidant that can help reduce fatty liver disease, inflammation, and liver cancer.

Professor Xiang-Dong Wang explained, “Consuming whole foods like tomatoes and processed tomatoes from sauces, tomato paste, canned whole tomato products, ketchup, and juice provides the best source of lycopene.”

The researchers also found that tomato powder is more effective than the same dose of the tomato antioxidant in supplement form for preventing cancer development. They suggest this is because the whole tomato contains other valuable nutrients that are omitted by only taking the one antioxidant.

Feeding mice tomato powder increased the richness and diversity of beneficial microbiota and prevented overgrowth of bacteria, which is related to inflammation.

The mice were infected with cancer carcinogens and fed either a high-fat diet similar to the Western diet or a diet containing powdered tomato either with or without the antioxidant.

Other foods that contain the powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes include guava, watermelon, grapefruit, papaya, and sweet red peppers.

Eating tomatoes and other foods high in antioxidants have been linked with lower risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other types of cancers. It is generally advised to consume a balanced diet that contains fruits and vegetables of various bright colors, as it is the components that give fruits and vegetables their color that often contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamins.

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Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.

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http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/11/12/797

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