Want Better Heart Health? Pile on the Tomato Sauce

Physicians have long touted the important health benefits of the Mediterranean diet — one abundant in fruits and vegetables as well as proteins like omega-rich fatty fish and olive oil — but another component of that diet is lycopene, a compound found largely in tomatoes, yet another Mediterranean staple.

Lycopene, a non-provitamin-A carotenoid also known as rhodopurpurin, is an antioxidant compound that gives fleshy, ripe tomatoes their bold red hue. It is also responsible for the yellow and orange color in other fruits, such as apricots, guava, papaya, pink grapefruit and watermelon.

Taking Tomato Pill Improves Heart Health

A study has discovered that taking a “tomato” pill could benefit those who are battling heart disease. Researchers have found that the antioxidant lycopene that is found in tomatoes helped promote heart health in some study participants.

The study published June 9 in the journal PLOS One included giving 72 participants Ateronon, a supplement tomato pill that contained seven milligrams of lycopene over the course of two months. 36 participants had cardiovascular diseases, while the other 36 were heart healthy.

Want Better Heart Health? Pile on the Tomato Sauce

Physicians have long touted the important health benefits of the Mediterranean diet — one abundant in fruits and vegetables as well as proteins like omega-rich fatty fish and olive oil — but another component of that diet is lycopene, a compound found largely in tomatoes, yet another Mediterranean staple.

Lycopene, a non-provitamin-A carotenoid also known as rhodopurpurin, is an antioxidant compound that gives fleshy, ripe tomatoes their bold red hue. It is also responsible for the yellow and orange color in other fruits, such as apricots, guava, papaya, pink grapefruit and watermelon.