Lycopene: The Health Benefits Of Eating Processed Tomatoes!

Eating tomatoes and tomato based products can help keep you healthy and decrease your risk of cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease according to the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Tomatoes are one of the most popular fruits in the UK. Commonly eaten in salads, vegetable medleys, grilled/roasted and in soups or sauces, it is easy to regularly include them in your diet. Tomatoes are the greatest source of dietary lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that unlike nutrients in most fresh fruit and vegetables has even greater bioavailability after cooking and processing. Processed tomatoes or tomatoes cooked in oil are the best sources of lycopene as the processing actually helps to release lycopene from the cells of the tomato.

As the majority of lycopene comes from tomatoes, those who do not eat them may not be able to reap the full benefits of this antioxidant. Health Aid Lycopene is a supplement which can be taken daily to improve health, boost immunity, maintain cardiovascular health and even boost fertility!

Reference:

Freeman BB, Reimers K, Tomato Consumption and Health: Emerging Benefits, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2010, DOI: 10.1177.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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