A diet rich in tomatoes reduces the risk of heart attack, according to Finnish researchers.
Eat tomatoes to prevent heart attack? This is suggested by a study published in the journal Neurology. Finnish scientists have measured blood levels of lycopene, the antioxidant that gives the red color to tomatoes in 1031 men aged 46 to 65. These volunteers were followed for twelve years. In the end, those who had a high rate of lycopene in the blood reduced their risk of heart attack by 59%. Lycopene is found in tomatoes but peppers and watermelons. It would help to prevent cell degeneration and prevent the formation of blood clots, which are the leading cause of heart attacks. This antioxidant also have protective properties against cancer of the prostate. Eat a serving of tomatoes enough to enjoy the protective benefits of lycopene. And it is not only raw tomatoes. If these are the main sources of lycopene, as it would work with derivatives of tomato are also important sources: tomato juice, ketchup, tomato sauce, soup, canned tomato ... Even the pizzas have tomato in their packing! "This study should not deter people from eating other types of fruits and vegetables," who have other health benefits, says the study. A good diet can help prevent the risk of myocardial infarction. But she can not do anything to reduce stress, a risk factor for myocardial infarction. A recent study showed that people who are stressed at work increase their risk of having a heart attack by 23%. A good reason to learn how to remain calm at work!