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Benefits of Red Nutrition

Seeing Red: The Benefits of Red Nutrition

Excess consumption of tomato sauce may not be the best thing for your health; however, including the occasional diced tomato in your lunchtime salad or bruschetta mix may have more outstanding health benefits than you ever imagined. Try enjoying a slice of exotic guava or fresh watermelon for desert. Whichever one, the color red should be brightening our plates on a regular basis; Here's 5 great reasons why!

1. The power of lycopene on heart health

See red, think healthy heart! Tomatoes contain a star antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is associated with lowering heart decease and keeping the cardiovascular system healthy. The antioxidant lycopene will aid in moping up free radicals that damage the arteries of the heart and lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.

2. K.O on cancer

Francis Sheridan Goulart, a clinical nutritionist and author of 16 books on health and nutrition, states that "a tomato a day will keep the oncologist away" Tomatoes are rich in a plant chemical called saponins. Saponins acts as a natural antibiotic to help fight infections and reduce cancer risk. If you prefer it green, saponins is also found in asparagus.

3. Enlighten your vision

The lycopene in tomatoes not only benefit our heart health, but can also add valuable protection to the integrity of our eyes. Macular degeneration is one of the leading eye issues, in our modern day and it eventually lead to blindness (often from as early as 65 years of age). Consuming ripe red tomatoes can aid in a more long term remedy for eye health and assist the prevention of the onset of macular degeneration.

4. Speedy metabolism

Consuming lycopene regularly will assist in speeding up your metabolism. Why? The lycopene antioxidant protects the mitochondria (ATP supply/energy storing area) of a cell in the body. By ensuring the mitochondria is protected it ensures that metabolic chemical reactions occur efficiently. This is great as it not only speeds up your metabolism, but also helps to reduce the risk of lung and stomach cancers.

5. Cascade of nutrients

The benefits above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nutrient delivery from this hearty red fruit. Tomatoes provide a host of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytochemicals. Chloraphill, alpha-lipoid acid, tocotrienols (vitamin e), as well as Vitamin A & C are just some of the other nutrients that accompany tomatoes.

A quick tip about consuming tomatoes; the redder the tomato, the more lycopene it contains. If you cook it in olive oil, it actually increases the concentration of lycopene.

Tomatoes are not the only delicious red fruit or vegetable that you can jam pack into your diet for lycopene. Watermelon, red grapefruit, and guava are also a great source; providing a host of other antioxidant benefits as well.

Now that you know about the benefits, why not decorate your plate with some shiny red nutrients and reap the rewards!