Tomatoes Prevent Stroke
The study, which was published in the Neurology Journal, examined more than 1,000 Finnish men between the ages of 46 and 65 with levels of lycopene in their blood streams for over 12 years to see if they developed strokes. Ultimately, the studies concluded that men with high blood levels of lycopene are 55 percent less likely to have a stroke, and are 59 percent less likely to suffer from ischaemic stroke (a stroke caused by a blood clot).
When studying the men, several factors were taken into consideration, such as whether or not the men were partaking in things that may increase the risk of stroke, such as consuming alcohol, suffering from diabetes, how often they engaged in physical activity, and whether they smoked. The researchers were also careful to account for personal predisposition to stroke in other ways; they measured blood pressure, LDL cholesterol levels, and recorded any family history of stroke.
After twelve years, of the 1,000 men studied, only 67 suffered from a stroke.
The Power of Tomatoes
According to a report published by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 Americans suffer from strokes every year. While progress has been made in the prevention of strokes, it is still a leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that every four minutes, someone dies of a stroke.
But with this new lycopene discovery, strides are being made in curtailing strokes. Scientists say the reason behind lycopene being so effective at preventing strokes is that it can prevent the formation of clots in the brain, which obstruct the brain’s blood supply.
In addition to lycopene, tomatoes contain many other useful ingredients that may help to prevent strokes. Tomatoes contain polyphenols, folic acid, and vitamins C and E.