Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

August 1st, 2016 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the best loved and most consumed fruits around the world. The many health benefits of tomatoes are second to none. Tomatoes are fairy easy to grow and do well in backyard gardens as well as container gardening. The taste of home-grown heirloom tomatoes is unparalleled especially when compared to the tasteless grocery store varieties.  As far as I am concerned, a bite from a freshly picked heirloom tomato is something that everyone should get to experience at least once in their lifetime.

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History of the Tomato

The tomato has become the most popular vegetable in America. The tomato plant is native to South America and made its way to Mexico, where it was grown by Aztecs.  There is ample evidence that the Aztecs ate tomatoes in a mixture which included peppers, corn, and salt, possibly similar to a primitive salsa recipe. Though the future “king of Mediterranean cuisine,” as the tomato is now often called, arrived in Europe in 1523, it would be a very long while before it was actually accepted as a consumable food. Instead, the tomato was scrutinized by curious botanists in European courts, and mostly appreciated for its ornamental qualities. It seems that for much of the 16th century, fear and superstition prevented most Europeans from actually eating the fruit. Only a few adventurous souls drank its juice, or ate it—fried in oil, with salt and pepper.

It seems controversy has also surrounded the tomato. Debate was high about whether the tomato was actually a vegetable or a fruit. In 1887, the question went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in ‘Nix v. Hedden’. However, of course,  the real issue was money and protection for American growers. If tomatoes were vegetables, they could be taxed when imported under the Tariff Act of 1883. The Court ruled on the side of American farmers. Botanically speaking tomatoes are the fruit of a vine, as are cucumbers, squashes, beans and peas, even if most people consider them vegetables.

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Health Benefits of Tomatoes

The natural health benefits of tomatoes are varied and many. For example, tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorous, vitamin E and even protein. Below are some other less-known health benefits of tomatoes.

  • excellent source of potassium
  • supports a healthy inflammation response
  • may help burn fat
  • reduces risk of ovarian cancer
  • reduces risk of heart disease
  • reduces risk of lung disease and asthma
  • reduces prostate cancer risk by as much as 40%
  • organic tomatoes contain higher amounts of Vitamin C
  • reduces urinary tract infections
  • reduces oxidative stress
  • tomato is the fruit of the plant solanum lycopersicum
  • supports healthy vision
  • boosts gut health
  • reduces risk of hypertension
  • supports healthy gallbladder
  • largest source of dietary lycopene

Raw V8 Juice Recipe

All produce should be organic or locally grown.

6 medium-sized carrots
1 small beet
3 large tomatoes
Kale leaves (small amount)
1 bag baby spinach
1/4 head fresh cabbage
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
3 stalks celery
1/4 sweet onion
1/2 clove garlic
Chili pepper or organic Tabasco sauce to taste
Himalayan Crystal Salt to taste

Wash all vegetables thoroughly. Run vegetables through juicer. Sit back and enjoy a healthy glass of V8 Juice!

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.

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