In the article "health benefits of tomatoes for men", I want to talk about one of the diseases that may be most feared by men. Prostate cancer! Yes, this disease has killed many men in the world each year.
Actually, like all systems of the body, prostate health is very dependent on the nutrient consumed. Consume enough nutritious food can promote the development of healthy prostate cells, and it can protect the prostate from damage. And tomatoes may be one good option to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Lycopene, Prostate Cancer and Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
As you already know, tomatoes are a good source of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant to counteract free radicals that damage DNA and stimulate the formation of precancerous cells. Free radical itself is actually a byproduct of the metabolic process. The only way to counteract free radicals is by consuming foods that contain antioxidants, including lycopene.
Based on data released by the American Cancer Society, there are more than 30,000 people who die each year from prostate cancer. Therefore, choose foods that rich in lycopene to protect you from free radicals. Stewed tomatoes is one good option. Tomatoes that have been processed, such as stewed tomatoes, contain a lot more lycopene than raw tomatoes or other foods.
A common medical condition experienced by many older men is prostate enlargement, or commonly called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is often made sense of uncomfortable and difficult urination. Based on a study, the consumption of lycopene may help treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. A number of volunteers were given supplements of lycopene per day for 6 months. And the results were encouraging, proven BPH progression can be slowed to a large number of volunteers.
Although what was said earlier is based on accurate data, but consumes just stewed tomatoes will not affect the health of your prostate. You still have to keep your healthy weight (tomatoes are also good for weight loss), doing regular exercise and choose healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants. If you are currently experiencing problems with your prostate, try to talk first with your doctor for treatment options.