As it is well known all over the world all fruits and vegetables have many health benefits for us humans.
They are very rich in vitamins and minerals, which makes them filled with antioxidants.
Tomato is one of the richest vegetable in antioxidants, which makes its popularity even bigger. Its benefits for our health do not stop when it is consumed raw.
Even though boiled, fried and used in many different recipes, tomato still retains a large amount of vitamin c and a wide variety of nutrients.
One of the most important substances in the tomato that is resistant to high temperatures is the lycopene.
In fact, the lycopene molecule is only released when the tomato is double boiled. In other words, in order to gain as much as you can from the lycopene you have to put the tomato through the double boiling process.
What is lycopene and why is it important?
Well, lycopene is an antioxidant and it is a part of almost all fruits and vegetables, but, in largest quantities it can be found in the tomato and the other tomato products like ketchup and tomato sauce.
The consumption of this antioxidant is greatly important because the lycopene reacts with almost all the toxins in our body and purges it. It is recommended for various types of medical conditions like heart problems, muscular degeneration, etc.
But most importantly it is strongly recommended in the treatments of almost any type of cancer. It helps neutralize the free radicals of the cancer cells and that is why it is considered a significant aid in the cancer treatments.
And this is not all. Even the healthy people can benefit from lycopene because it decreases the risk of getting cancer and heart disease.
The best way to consume it is probably through the tomato sauce because a recent study of the Ohio University has identified 2 separate strings of lycopene molecules in the tomato sauce.
Another good way to do it is to mix the tomato with corn or some corn oil. From this combination of the antioxidants from the tomatoes and the ones in corn oil is released the largest amount of lycopene.
Somehow it seems that the recent researches oriented to cure the cancer are finding every day new ways of protecting the body.