When you think of tomato juice, you instantly remember the wild nights you had with your lovely companion, “Bloody Mary.” But did you learn anything from those good times? Whether you did or didn’t, here’s something you ought to learn: the benefits of tomato juice!
Tomatoes are one of the healthiest fruits (yes, fruits) present in our diets. They provide us with a multitude of benefits and protect us from numerous sicknesses, diseases and illnesses. The more research is done about tomatoes, the more benefits are being discovered about the wonderful fruit. And, we thought orange juice was something out of this world…
Tomatoes Antioxidize and Cleanse
Research conducted on the lycopene (a carotenoid or phytochemical) present in tomatoes has shown that tomatoes act as a powerful antioxidant, cleansing the body from toxicity and protecting its various organs and tissues from oxidization on a cellular level. Oxidation is the main cause for DNA damage, heart disease, weak immunity system, and cancer.
Tomatoes Reduce Blood Clotting
Research conducted in Australia suggests that tomato juice can reduce the tendency toward blood clotting. A study was done on 20 individuals with Type II diabetes who were divided into two groups: one group was given 250ml servings of tomato juice, and the other was given 250ml of a tomato-flavored placebo drink. After just three weeks, the clustering of blood cells, otherwise known as platelet aggregation, was significantly reduced among those who drank tomato juice, while no such effect was detected in those who drank the placebo.
Tomatoes Fortify Bone Structure
Tomatoes are a very good source of Vitamin K1, and this vitamin is responsible for activating osteocalcin, the major non collagen protein in bones. Osteocalcin’s function is to affix calcium molecules together inside of the bone. Without the proper intake of Vitamin K1, bone mineralization is impaired, resulting in a greater risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Tomatoes Promote Prostate Health
A group of 21 studies published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention confirm that tomatoes, especially tomato juice and paste, provide protection against prostate cancer. Researchers concluded that this is due to the fact that tomatoes contain a variety of protective phytonutrients and suggested that the blood of people who remain free of prostate cancer indicate higher exposure to lycopene and other compounds working in synergy with the beneficial phytochemical.
Tomatoes Love Your Eyes
Tomatoes help people with eye disorders due to its high concentration in Vitamin A. Tomato juice can considerably protect the eyes against night blindness, short-sightedness, and more.
Tomatoes Help the Respiratory System
Tomatoes reduce respiratory disorders by increasing the body's resistance and preventing drug resistance and relapses, which are commonly suffered by tubercular patients. As for asthmatics, tomato juice reduces the congestion in the bronchioles, regulates the hyper-secretion of mucous, and reduces spasms.
Tomatoes Are Skin Friendly
Tomatoes improve skin tone and effectively remove pimples when used as a cosmetic facial mask. Their pulp should be applied liberally on the face and left for 1 hour, and then washed off with warm water. Repeat daily for good skin tone and noticeable pimple reduction.
Now, that you know what tomato juice is all about, pour yourself a glass every day and enjoy the benefits it provides for your body, while savoring its wonderful taste. After all, even without the alcohol, it’s still a bloody good juice!