I drink tomato juice to keep my weight in check during these quanrantine times. I drink at least one cup a day because it keeps me full curving my appetite.
This is the easiest diet you can actually do and tomato juice is highly nutritious and even prevents blood clots.
1 Cup (240ml) of tomato juice contains 74% of Vitamin C DV and 22% of Vitamin A DV and Vitamin B1, B3, B6 and B9. It is also full of other essential minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium, Cupper and Manganese.
It main benefits are:
Blood vessel health
A study has shown that drinking 1.2 cups (280ml) daily significantly reduced inflammatory proteins called adipokine in blood. Tomato is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. In the body, lycopene rids of bad free oxygen radicals and waste from the blood vessels improving blood flow.
Lycopene and beta-carotene, power antioxidants, in tomato juice reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and fat in your arteries preventing heart-related diseases.
A study found that 25 mg of lycopene taken daily over 13 days lowered levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol about 10% and also lowered blood pressure. That is a little over 1 Cup of tamoto juice a day.
In the same study, participants saw a significant reduction in body weight, body fat, , BMI, serum levels of cholesterol, and inflammatory adipokine levels.
Organic acids (citric acid and malic acid) in tomato juice also promote metabolism.
A study showed that tomato juice reduced the risk of prostate cancer greatly. An animal study (mice) also showed that it could prevent skin cancer.
** Caution: Make sure you check the sugar or salt content in the brand you buy. I buy fresh squeezed tomato juice with no added sugar.
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