8 Ways Eating Tomatoes Keeps You Young

When most people think of tomatoes they think of pasta and pizza, not necessarily their ability to keep people younger-looking and feeling. But tomatoes are an anti-aging superfood that deserves a place in the diet of anyone interested in maintaining healthy skin, preventing age-related diseases like osteoporosis, and even preventing cancer.

1. Lycopene found in tomatoes is one of the compounds known collectively as carotenoids. A large volume of research has shown for decades that carotenoids help protect skin against sun damage.

2. The incidence and risk for most types of cancer tends to increase with age. Research in the CMAJ:  the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that the risk of serious chronic diseases like cancer is reduced with increased tomato consumption. Although lycopene has been credited, the scientists found that other nutrients in tomatoes may play a role.

3. Lycopene, widely considered the most potent antioxidant of the carotenoids, is a powerful antioxidant that not only protects against UV damage it also helps protect against damaging bacteria.

4. Lycopene also appears to strengthen skin by inhibiting the activity of collagenases —enzymes involved in the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Collagen helps ensure the firmness and elasticity of your skin and prevents wrinkling.

5. When scientists analyzed the tissue and blood levels of lycopene in subjects, they found that those people with high levels of this nutrient, primarily found in tomatoes in the Western diet, had a lower risk of chronic diseases.

6. Lycopene found in tomatoes keeps your teeth and gums healthy. In studies it has shown antibacterial and antifungal properties and, specifically aided tooth and gum health.

7. Thanks again to their rich lycopene supply, tomatoes can help protect our bodies against the effects of toxins, especially aflatoxins (a type of mold often found in peanuts and peanut butter) and cadmium, which is found in cigarette smoke, second-hand smoke and frequently in air pollution.

8. Numerous studies show that lycopene can assist with cardiovascular health. Heart disease is often attributed to poor diet and aging. Increased lycopene consumption helps to improve heart health and obviously helps to displace less healthy food choices in the diet.

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Caroline B.
Caroline B3 years ago

Tomatoes are my favourite fruit, and my favourite vegetable, I just roasted some cherry tomatoes, then mixed then with a pepper seasoning mix to have with scrambled eggs and a salmon patty...way better than ketchup!

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla4 years ago

Love tomatoes!

Karen Gee4 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Natalie S.
Natalie S4 years ago

Why doesn't the humble tomato get more exposure? I love tomatoes both raw and cooked, but so many people out there are missing out on the benefits of tomatoes because the benefits of consuming them are never really touted. Thanks for the article.

Wendy H.
Wendy H4 years ago

Thank you

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim4 years ago

Thanks. Tomatoes abound in my house.

d h
d H4 years ago

One way Tomatoes keep your Young is by lowering your chances of ever growing OLD. Tomatoes are negatively unique in that they are AGGLUTINATORS. Now the people who want to sell them and the politicians who get elected and reelected by big agro who fund multimillion $ Superpacs, and the nutty nut scientists they buy to say, "Yeah" , and defame the responsible scientists and docs, will say but they are good for us,,- leptin source. Well there are lots more that won't thicken your blood and set you up for a fatal coronary or stroke.Tomatoes are another import political food that gained popularity after the second World War. Like Oranges they have elected Presidents. It's the old,you do this for me, the Governor of this state and I guarantee you I will deliver you all of the electoral college votes from my state. The paper trail is there for you to uncover. I did. Secret cabinet documents go public after a prescribed time period. Most people never look at them.

JOSE Honr4 years ago

Like them raw. Thanks.

Marc Horton
marcus Horton4 years ago

i love tomatoes sooo much fresh or cooked yum!

Jeannine A. Johnson
Jeannine Johnson4 years ago

I have to put tomatoes on my shopping list