Tomatoes May Be Cancer Fighters

New research suggests that by eating tomatoes you can lower your risk of prostate cancer.

The research states that men who eat more than ten portions of tomatoes weekly can reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 20%.

A team of researchers in the UK from Bristol University analyzed the diets of more than 20,000 men between the ages of 50 and 69. Every year in the UK, there are 35,000 new cases of prostate cancer and 10,000 deaths. The new study showed that men who consumed 10 portions of tomatoes weekly saw an average reduction of 18% in prostate cancer risk.

The study also shows that by eating five servings of fruit or vegetables a day decreased the risk by 24%, compared to that of men who ate two-and-a-half servings or less.

Vanessa Er, of the School of Social and Community Medicine at Bristol University says, “Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention. However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human clinical trials. Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active."

Scientists believe that tomatoes cancer fighting properties can be accredited to lycopene, which is a antioxidant that can protect against damage to DNA and cells. A healthy diet that includes tomatoes is an important step in reducing ones risk of prostate cancer.

"While eating foods rich in lycopene - such as tomatoes - or selenium may be associated with a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer, this has not been proven, and this study can't confirm whether there is a link between diet and prostate cancer risk. Diet and cancer prevention is a complex issue with few black and white answers; we encourage everyone to eat a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt," Tom Stansfield of UK’s Cancer Research explained.

This study was recently published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The University’s of Cambridge and Oxford also participated in the study.

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