ISSN: 2249-9504



Author(s): M.Ganesan*, M.Rajesh, P.Solairaj and T.Senthilkumar

Tomatoes, which are actually a fruit are loaded with all kinds of health benefits for the body. They are delicious too and have tons of vitamins and minerals in them that our body needs. One of the most well known tomato eating benefit is its Lycopene content. Lycopene is a vital anti oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases. Lycopene is not a naturally produced element within the body and the human body requires sources of Lycopene in order to make use of this powerful anti-oxidant. Compared to other fruits or vegetables, tomato has high concentration of Lycopene. Cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus have all been proven to be staved off by high levels of Lycopene. Althoughthe effect of lycopene is biologically relevant, the tomato is also an excellent source of nutrients, including folate, vitamin C and various other carotenoids and phytochemicals, such as polyphenols, which also may be associated with lower cancer risk. Tomatoes also contain significant quantities of potassium, as well as some vitamin A and vitamin E. A brief overview of tomato and medicinal benefits of its constituents were discussed in this article

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