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Benefits of Tomato Juice

Hailed as the biggest contributor to prevention against cancer, tomatoes have many other benefits as well. Read on to know more.
Indrajit Deshmukh Jun 6, 2019
There have been many studies over the years professing the benefits of tomato juice, and attributing the cure and prevention of diseases like cancer and diabetes to this fruit. Tomatoes are consumed raw as well as cooked. It is cultivated all over the globe, and is available in red, green and yellow shades.
They are available year-round, but taste best between July and September. They are sweet, but are also slightly bitter in taste. The red tomato is the most popular variant and is used in almost all soups and salads. They are tender, fleshy and versatile, as they are used in many recipes.
They are considered to be a vegetable, even though they are actually a fruit. They belong to the Solanaceae family, and possess the scientific name Solanum lycopersicum. There have been many studies on tomatoes and all have come up with various benefits due to its lycopene-rich nature.

Nutrition

Before we get down to the benefits, let's take a look at the calories in tomatoes, and a tomato juice nutrition list.
  • Calories - 26.8
  • Protein - 1.3gm
  • Vitamin A - 1241 IU
  • Vitamin C - 18.9mg
  • Carbohydrates - 5.8gm
  • Calcium - 14.9mg

Benefits

Tomatoes are low in sodium and saturated fat, and there are almost no side effects of tomato. Doctors even recommend a glass of tomato juice everyday for its anti-oxidant properties. Tomatoes are good when consumed raw or when cooked, as cooking tempers the bitter taste and brings out the sweet taste of the tomato.
Tomato juice boosts sugar formation and gives instant energy when consumed. Tomatoes also help our bodies to wash away toxins and have many curative qualities. The benefits for skin are also well-known, applying tomato juice on skin helps in giving a good complexion, and also works against acne.
Some other benefits are:
  • Tomatoes are low in crabs, and hence, are good for diabetic patients. They control the percentage of sugar in the urine of diabetic patients and are also good for people on a weight loss diet.
  • They are rich in lycopene, a strong anti-oxidant. They help protect blood lymphocytes and hence, are useful in reducing high blood pressure.
  • They dissolve animal fats in food like eggs, cheese, pork, and beef, which are the major cause of artery clogging. This contributes in reducing the risks of coronary heart diseases.
  • They are high in potassium, which is an integral mineral in human nutrition.
  • The high level of Vitamin C in tomato helps bolster our immune system and fight infections and viruses.
  • The presence of Vitamin A helps nourish the blood vessels and improves eyesight. Chinese medicine also recommends the use of tomato peels as masks for the eyes.
  • Tomatoes provide us with an abundant amount of natural vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, choline, zinc, and phosphorus.
  • Coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid present in tomatoes helps protects the body from carcinogens that are inhaled along with first-hand and/or second-hand cigarette smoke.
  • Cooking the tomatoes enhances its nutritional and anti-cancer properties despite the loss of the vitamin C content. This boosts the flavor and the health benefits of tomato.
  • They are dense with phytonutrients such as flavonones, flavonols, hydroxycinnamic acids, carotenoids, glycosides, and even fatty acid derivatives; and this allows it to exshibit antioxidant protect against tissue degeneration.
  • They help in improving bowel movements, digestion, and liver function.
  • Their consumption helps lower cholesterol naturally, thereby preventing the use of dangerous statin drugs that are commonly prescribed.
  • They lower the incidence of urinary tract infections, and also prevent the formation of kidney and gall bladder stones.
  • The consumption of the juice helps in improving the appearance, growth, and texture of hair.
  • The juice acts as an astringent, and when applied to the skin, yields healthier, cleaner skin, devoid of acne and cellular damage.
  • Its antioxidant nature helps in increasing the calcium content in the bones, thereby strengthening them.
  • They stimulate the production of carnitine, which helps in faster fat utilization by the body, leading to weight loss.
  • The presence of beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin in tomatoes, causes an improvement in vision and ocular health.
  • Lycopenes and bioflavonoids in tomatoes are more beneficial than beta carotene, which is known to prevent cancer. Researchers have introduced lycopene in cancer cell cultures, and this has prevented the growth of these cultures.
You can also mix other juices like carrot with tomato juice to reap additional benefits. Tomato juice substitutes are also used in a variety of dishes, but do not have the same nutritional effect.