The wonder of tomatoes

BLOOD pressure and ‘bad' cholesterol could be lowered by drinking tomato juice.

In a study of around 500 men and women at risk of cardiovascular disease were provided with unlimited unsalted tomato juice over one year.

At the end of the study, detailed in the journal Food Science & Nutrition, the participants' blood pressure had dropped significantly.

The study is the first to investigate the effects of tomato intake on cardiovascular disease risk markers over the course of a year, say the researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, who hope to investigate why it has this beneficial effect.

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