Tomato extract helps the heart, says study

Tomato extract helps the heart, says study

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Tomato extract helps the heart, says study

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Tomato-lovers rejoice.

Researchers found that the lycopene - an antioxidant found in tomatoes and other fruit - can improve the function of blood vessels by more than 50 percent in cardiovascular patients.

Experts said the supplement would not be an adequate substitute for other heart disease treatments, but could be helpful when taken alongside other medications.

Lycopene is 10 times more potent than vitamin E, and studies show that it is more effective when combined with olive oil or when taken in a pureed form.

The study was published in the online scientific journal Plos ONE.

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