Category Archives: Tomatoes

The Benefits of Tomatoes

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Carotenoid Rich Foods for Skin Protection

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Tomato Sauce: Prostate Cancer Protection

Carotenoids, and their oxidised metabolites xanthophylls, are a heterogenous group of phytonutrients responsible for many of the orange, yellow and red colours found in plants. Examples of carotenoids include β-carotene and α-carotene in carrots and lycopene in tomatoes. Carotenoids are … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Lycopene

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Lycopene Prevent Oxidative Stress

Carotenoids are yellow, red and orange pigments that accumulate in the chloroplasts of plants. Carotenoids play an important role in plant physiology, where that act to harvest light in the 400 to 500 nm range which aids the plant in … Continue reading

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Absorption of Flavanones

Naringenin (4’, 5, 7-trihydroxyflavanone) and hesperetin (3′, 5, 7-Trihydroxy-4′-methoxy flavanone) are flavanones that belong to the flavonoid group of phytochemicals. Flavanones possess antioxidant activity like all flavonoids, and in addition are phytoestrogens that may exert anti-oestrogenic effects. Naringenin has also … Continue reading

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Lycopene and Prostate Cancer

Lycopene is the most abundant carotenoid in tomatoes, and its high concentrations in cells gives them their red colour. Lycopene is well absorbed in humans, and high blood concentrations have been associated with a reduced risk of developing cancer in … Continue reading

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Carotenoids in Tomato Products

Plants are known to contain a wide variety of biologically active phytochemicals that may have important health benefits in humans. Carotenoids are one group of phytochemicals that have been shown to protect from degenerative diseases such as cancer. Carotenoids are … Continue reading

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