There are umpteen reasons to like and superlike tomatoes. They are of immense use in ketchups, purees, salad, soup, sandwiches, as a thickening agent for vegetarian and non vegetarian curries and beauty benefits too. There is so much to get from this ripe, red and round small vegetable, the tomato. That’s why they say, good things come in small packages.
Oops! We forgot to mention that it’s the juice of the tomato, which is making waves in health circles.
Tomato juice is packed with a whole lot of benefits that it is guaranteed to improve your health. The juice of a tomato has the right nutritional components – there are enough minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin A, K, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 and iron, phosphorous and magnesium.
Packaged tomato juice first came into the market at the end of the 20th century. Over a period of time, several commercial blends of tomato juice have been developed that have added salt and sugar and are boiled before bottling them. In order to enhance the flavour, often other ingredients are added to the tomato juice such as spices, onion powder, and garlic powder. But, why do you need to go in for processed juices when you can make your own fresh tomato juice at home without any artificial preservatives?
Watch how to make tomato juice on Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana: Tomato Juice Preparation
Powerful Anti-Oxidant Lycopene in Tomatoes Reduces Risk of Heart Disease!
As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, half cup of tomato juice provides 35% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A and about 10% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Apart from this, the tomato juice as a beverage also has ample amount of B vitamins, potassium as well as fiber.
Yet another US study done in 2013 at the Tufts University in Boston revealed an interesting finding on tomatoes. Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes could reduce the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter. It’s the lycopene that gives the red colour to the tomato.
Interestingly, the processing of tomatoes increases lycopene levels in a tomato by up to four times. One can safely deduce that a glass of tomato juice is richer in lycopene as compared to a raw tomato.
Lycopene not only promotes good health in general, it has been linked to reducing the multiple risks of cancer, heart disease and depression.
Nutritional Value of Tomato Juice
(Source: New Health Guide)
Tomato juice – Healthily Yours!
Here are the various benefits of tomato juice for a happier and healthier you!
- Cancer Prevention
Lycopene and other carotenoids present in tomato juice lower the risk of lung cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer. In a couple of studies done on men taking large amounts of lycopene, the results have shown 30% drop in their risk of prostate cancer. Low levels of lycopene increase the chances of colorectal cancer, which is why tomatoes, help maintain good colon health.
- Boosts Digestion
Drink tomato juice daily as tomatoes, being high in water and fiber, aid in smooth digestion and maintain your liver in a healthy and sound condition, ease bowel movements by preventing constipation and diarrhoea. Tomato juice, as you can see, is very effective in keeping you in the pink of health.
- Reduces Cholesterol
The fibre component in tomato juice is of tremendous benefit in lowering cholesterol. It helps break down LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and lower the level of triglycerides. Research studies have shown lycopene in cutting down the risk factor of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease to 30%. Niacin in tomato juice also plays a beneficial role in increasing good cholesterol levels in your body.
- Cuts down on Blood Clotting
Tomatoes are full of phytonutrients. These halt the bunching of abnormal platelet cells that can clog the arteries that lead to heart ailments.
Inflammation can be very risky to health. A glass of tomato juice when consumed daily reduces inflammation by approximately one third.
Tomatoes have plenty of Vitamin K, which plays a major role in maintaining the health of your bones.
- Glowing Skin
Drinking of tomato juice every day can cause reduction in acne and prevents damage of skin cells.
- Body Detoxification
Tomato juice helps flush out harmful toxins from your body. The chlorine and sulfur content in it detoxifies the body and improves the liver and kidney function.
- Good for Eyes
You can expect healthy eyes, good vision and less degeneration thanks to the phytonutrients in tomatoes such as beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
- Makes Hair Healthy
Shampoos and oils are artificial ways to maintain hair. When you drink tomato juice, the vitamin K in it promotes healthy hair growth, leading to stronger and shinier hair.
- Weight Loss
Tomato juice is a miracle concoction that helps you say goodbye to obesity. When you drink tomato juice on a regular basis, it helps your body get adequate level of hydration and lots of fiber. Both these things contribute in making dieters feel full and help them stay away from excessive binge eating sessions.
Avoid commercial branded tomato juices as they usually have added sugars, salts, or chemicals in it. Sometimes, tomato juices have high sodium levels, which can trouble those of you who are sodium-sensitive. So stick to making your tomato juice in the comforts of your home with all natural ingredients!
Now that we have shared with you some of the awesome benefits of drinking tomato juice, are you going to include tomato juice in your daily diet? Sip this wonderful little red juice every day and you will be on your way to good health.