Tomatoes: Nature’s Weapon Against Cancer – How Lycopene in Tomatoes May Help Prevent Lung, Stomach, Colorectal, Oral, Esophageal, Pancreatic, Prostate and Mesothelioma Cancers.
At BeatCancer.Org, we are always on the search for natural ways to prevent cancer and improve health. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene may prevent lung, stomach, colorectal, oral, esophageal, pancreatic, prostate, and mesothelioma cancers.
In Italy, men who ate tomatoes or tomato sauce twice a week had a 35% lower risk of lung cancer than those who didn’t. Raw tomato consumption reduced lung cancer risk in another Chinese study.
In Japan, men who ate lots of tomatoes had a much lower risk of stomach cancer than those who didn’t. Men who ate lots of fruits and vegetables were even more protected.
Tomatoes may lower colorectal cancer risk, according to several studies. US researchers found that men who ate the most tomatoes had a 35% lower risk of colorectal cancer than those who ate the least.
A Chinese study found that people who ate the most raw tomatoes had a lower risk of oral cancer. Another Italian study found that men who ate tomatoes or tomato sauce twice a week had a 50% lower oral cancer risk.
In Iran, men who ate the most tomatoes had a lower risk of esophageal cancer. Another US study found that men who ate the most raw tomatoes had a 58% lower risk of esophageal cancer than those who ate the least.
US researchers found that tomato eaters had a 24% lower pancreatic cancer risk than non-eaters. Another Italian study found that men who ate tomatoes or tomato sauce twice a week had a 67% lower pancreatic cancer risk.
PSA – Prostate Cancer
Tomatoes may lower prostate cancer risk, according to several studies. In a multivariate analysis of 14,000 Seventh-day Adventist men, only tomato and bean, lentil, and pea intake were associated with lower prostate cancer risk. Lycopene intake reduced risk by 21% in another study. Tomatoes and tomato products provided 82% of lycopene and reduced prostate cancer risk by 35% and aggressive prostate cancer by 53%.
In Italy, men who ate tomatoes or tomato juice 16 or more times a month had a 60% lower risk of mesothelioma than those who did not.
Tomato consumption was linked to a 32% lower risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a US study.
Tomato lycopene may protect against multiple cancers, but more research is needed to confirm this. Besides eating tomatoes, it’s important to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, limit alcohol, avoid tobacco, and maintain a healthy weight.
If you’re interested in incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet for cancer prevention and support, our ABCD diet book may be a helpful resource. It’s an alphabetical guide that lists the key anti-cancer properties of 120 specific plant foods and summarizes the latest scientific research on their potential role in cancer prevention, prevention of recurrence, and support during and after treatment.
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