#1. Raw and juicy tomatoes for skin
The most cost-effective way of making your skin radiate is by eating tomatoes. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, the substance associated with the deep red colour of tomatoes. And it is this substance which is used in most facial cleansers available in the market. So, when it is naturally available, why burn a hole in your pockets? Besides, tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene and vitamins A and C, which protect your skin against sun damage and keep signs of ageing at bay.
#2. For more antioxidants
Antioxidants keep a check on the formation of free radicals in the bloodstream and neutralise their harmful effects. So, eating tomatoes adds beta-carotene and vitamins to your system that work as antioxidants and thwart the working of free radicals.
#3. For weight loss benefits
Tomatoes are not only great for your health but beneficial for weight loss as well. They are low calorie foods that are high in energy and dense with essential nutrients. Also, since tomatoes are high in water content, they help you to curb your untimely hunger pangs. They also help to balance your blood sugar levels.
#4. For beautiful hair
Did you know that the vitamins in tomatoes can help you get long and strong locks? Yes, indeed! Eat more tomatoes to get the essential vitamin A that would leave you not only with strong hair but shiny strands as well.
#5. For a healthy heart
Tomatoes are rich in folate, potassium, vitamin B and niacin that are known to reduce cholesterol levels. Along with this, they also help in lowering blood pressure. This leaves you with a healthier and stronger heart. Including tomatoes in your daily diet would lower the risks of heart attacks and other heart related ailments.
#6. For pregnant women
During pregnancy, a woman’s body requires more than the usual source of essential nutrients and vitamins. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C that are very beneficial for the expecting mother and her child. Also, since our body does not retain large amount of water-soluble vitamins, so tomatoes must be eaten as they are rich in folate (water-soluble vitamin). Folates are important for the body as it helps in foetal development. Along with this, even the lycopene in tomatoes are great for lactating mothers.
#7. For cancer prevention
Cancer occurs when there is a chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. Tomatoes provide human body with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support. Tomatoes display cancer-protective properties. Lycopene, the natural antioxidant in tomatoes, is quite effective in slowing down the growth of cancerous cells in the body. Also, alpha-tomatine, a phytonutrient present in tomato kills already formed prostate cancer cells in men. Besides, tomatoes also reduce risk of breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.
#8. For better eye sight
Vitamin A and beta-carotene in tomatoes are very helpful in improving your vision. Also, eating raw tomatoes helps to prevent development of night blindness.
#9. For stronger bones
In 180 grams of tomato, you will find approximately 17.7 per cent of vitamin K which is an important nutrient required to strengthen bones, repair bone tissues, and constantly form new bone material. Besides, lycopene too stimulates osteoblasts, an important bone-building cell to synthesise and deposit bone matrix.
Here are some other benefits of eating tomatoes:
- Tomatoes eaten without seeds reduce the risk of kidney stones.
- Magnesium present in tomato helps the formation of bone and regeneration of new cells.
- Fibre in tomatoes also help to prevent asthma.
So, jet off to your vegetable market and stock these red beauties in your fridge, now!