The potential role that tomatoes might have in the prevention of certain conditions such as heart disease and some cancers is relatively well accepted. Scientists and Dietitians have been recommending the consumption of tomatoes (e.g. 1 beef tomato or a handful of cherry tomatoes per portion) because of their relatively high levels of Lycopene, a natural antioxidant that may lend itself well to fighting certain cancers and heart disease.
So naturally, any nutritional component that seems to show even a glimmer of benefit to health will be harnessed, bottled (or in this case made into a pill) and sold! I suppose it makes sense to see if this really can help in the fight against cancer etc, especially considering tomatoes aren’t to everybody’s taste. I see their rationale, Lycopene content varies depending on the form the tomato takes e.g. tomato ketchup is thought to contain more Lycopene than raw tomatoes because it is in a relatively concentrated form. So it may stand to reason that concentrated Lycopene in pill form may support the fight against cancer. However, despite all this, there is no way that a pill should ever replace a balanced diet, a diet that contains a variety of fruit and veg will deliver adequate antioxidants as well as fibre and sustenance to help keep you full. Include some apricots and maybe some watermelon into your diet too, and your Lycopene levels will be topped up nicely.
BBC News Health, (2014). ‘Tomato pill’ hope for stopping heart disease. Retrieved 12th June, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27762995